It is possible to improve your health, lose weight and feel better while you are doing it with intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting is withholding from eating for a short period of time. There are several types of fasting periods you could choose and which one is right for you is as individual of a question as any.
With so many fad and cookie-cutter diets that promise you to drop so many pounds seemingly overnight, many people are suspicious this is just another one that will fade out just as quickly as it has appeared to arrive. However, intermittent fasting flies in the face of everything currently being said about diet and nutrition. It has been a long-held belief that going without food even eight, ten or twelve hours forces the body into starvation mode and it will cause the body to hold on to fat cells in order to protect the body.
Fasting periodically is forcing those in the nutrition world to rethink those commonly accepted myths. The body operates differently during times of eating and fasting. When you consume a meal, the body then spends hours breaking it down and digesting and expending energy in order to make energy.
During a time of fasting, the body does not have a recently eaten meal to make energy and in turn, is much more likely to start pulling from its own sources such as the fat stored in cells rather then glycogen found in muscles and released by the liver or the glucose in your blood stream.
While there is no one right way to do periodic fasting, there are several methods that current fasters prefer.
Many intermittent fasters have learned to listen to their body and have realized they do not feel hungry at traditional meal times, so will skip a meal and concentrate on eating good, wholesome foods at their next meal. Fasting does not have to be overly complicated or planned out, if you are not hungry, simply do not eat.
This is one option that many fasters prefer. Depending on the individual's schedule and preference, they may condense eating only in a four to six hour window and eat only in that time frame. The time after those hours have elapsed would be the fasting period.
For those that are looking to just maintain their weight without loosing weight as a specific goal, a single 24 hour fasting period per week is optimal.
Rather than a daily or one day a week fast, this type of fasting is a longer,more committed fast. Many people choose to do it once or twice a year, or seasonally. They will eat cleanly as a normal schedule would allow and then fast for a week, or two at a time. It is imperative to talk with a physician before doing any extended fasting.
Intermittent fasting is one of the easiest, cheapest and quickest ways of losing weight. The best type of fasting will be the one that works the best for you.