Intermittent Fasting: What is it?
Before you read this: It should be noted that before reading this article, this topic is not to be taken as medical advise despite the benefits mentioned and is not a form of medical advise or treatment for any ailments a person may be afflicted with and isn't advised to be used in such a regard. With that being said, it is time to continue with this post.
When it comes to our health, it isn't a surprise that our diet and intake of food play a great role in how our body changes. From growth to preservation, deterioration of the mind or one's health, a lot of it can be centered around food. But often, when it comes to it all, it is often a question of "What are we consuming?" when really, it can be broken down into "How are we consuming our meals?" When it comes to health and changing one's body, one method of such is known as Intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting is similar to typical fasting, but in a mannerism of controlling when a person decided to eat and when not to in a day rather than in a spread out period of multiple days passing.
In intermittent fasting, there are multiple methods and approaches to how such can be achieved, but a common method of such involves a 16 hour window of not in-taking calories followed by an 8 hour period of being able to intake whatever calories they generally uptake in a day. Other methods are included to, but are not limited to: The Warrior Diet, Eat-Stop-Eat, and the 5:2 diet. When doing such, it should be noted that weight loss can occur so it isn't recommended for children, those who have an eating disorder, or are underweight as such can cause harm or complications in such individuals. However, weight loss isn't the only perk that comes with such a different method of in-taking food. Actor Hugh Jackman was noted as using such to get in shape for his role as Wolverine during his acting career in 2013.
Along with the control over one's weight, such does wonders for the body down to a cellular level. When it comes to our bodies, anytime we hold food in our stomach, a lot of our energy is sent to busting up and breaking down food. Through intermittent fasting, the body is no longer focused on the stomach and is free to add to other processes such as the discarding of damaged cells and cellular waste and the growth of new cells. It has also been shown to reduce inflammation that can occur in one's body, decrease one's chances of developing type two diabetes, as well as a string of other health benefits when breaking down the science behind what all this does. And to read such can often be a shocker at first, for we as people are use to eating when we are sickly or as a means to try and promote better health when the reality of such is: you're focusing your systems to digest and breakdown consumed items and thus causing the reverse of some of the listed benefits.
In short, as wild as such a concept may be, it is truly something even I can attest to when it comes to even the simple parts such as just feeling better overall. When doing such, it isn't uncommon to feel hungry or even struggle a tad in the beginning, for we as people (especially us Americans) are use to they typical 2-3 meals a day and that isn't including the little snacks we chip in during the wait period between each. However, despite how good it may feel, it wasn't long ago in the timeline that is our existence that we as humans didn't have three meals a day. We'd be lucky if we obtained one hearty one to help us do a day's work of whatever task was at hand and yet: we as an early people didn't have as many problems from our eating habits in the health spectrum and assuming the individual got all they needed during that period of them feeding to their heart's content or till their meal for the day was finished off. Such can be difficult to do, but with enough guidance and preparing: such can be obtainable.