Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where your eating schedule is split between 2 time periods of either eating or fasting. A common type of Intermittent fasting is called "the 16:8". This is where a person fasts for 16 hours (sleep included), and then has an 8 hour window to consume all of their calories for the day. A common schedule for the 16:8 would be to break your fast everyday at 12 pm and then end the consumption of calories at 8 pm. Then you would wait (16 hours later) to consume calories the next day at 12 pm.
Why try intermittent fasting?
Many people tend to be a little skeptical of Intermittent fasting at first glance because they simply associate it with not eating. However, an Intermittent fasting diet can be very manageable and can bring you amazing benefits.
1. Lowers Insulin Levels
Insulin levels drop significantly when your body is in a fasted state. Intermittent fasting helps reduce insulin resistance and protects against type 2 diabetes. Reduced insulin resistance will also contribute to an increase fat loss.
2. Fat Loss
One main benefit of Intermittent fasting is that it puts your body into fat-burning state. Your body needs a source of energy to feed off of, but when you are fasting, it uses excess fat stores for energy, resulting in fat loss.
3. Reduces Inflammation
Several studies have shown that intermittent fasting can play a major role in fighting inflammation. Reducing inflammation in the body can help reduce the development of many different diseases, including cancer.
4. Improves Digestion
Digestion is one of the most important bodily functions, and by fasting intermediately, the digestive system is allowed to have a break, which allows for better repairing and function of the digestive tract.