I’ve always considered intermittent fasting a sign of good discipline, self-care and an intention to take charge of your body as a whole, because when that eating habit strikes (even and especially when you’re not that hungry to begin with), you get to decide what’s best for your body, and then you face the feelings and emotions that lie beneath that hunger. Sometimes it’s not even hunger for food and your body is begging for some other type of nourishment.
On the other hand, fasting temporarily alleviates the digestive system from it’s constant breaking down and assimilation of food by allowing it to reboot and gain strength overnight. The reason I say overnight is because it is during the night that it’s ideal to give our digestion a resting period. When we eat in the morning we break this fast, and therefore our first meal of the day is called Break-Fast. It’s all perfectly designed to respect our body’s cycles and biorhythms.
Intermittent Fasting can be tailored to your lifestyle and whatever serves you best. The basic idea is to go for a longer than usual period of time without eating any food (except water, although some people allow themselves tea and coffee as well while they fast). The premise is that by fasting, the body has a bigger time frame to regenerate itself given the energy destined to digest goes instead to take care of other vital and detoxifying tasks throughout the body.
Some people will fast for 24 hours once a week, others who find this too extreme will only have two hearty meals a day and stop eating after 5 or 6pm to allow for a 14 – 16 hour fasting break. Other’s do have dinner but won’t have breakfast as long as the 14 – 16 hour fasting break is maintained. It all boils down to the same idea that absolutely all of us are different and what works for one might not work for another so you must decide for yourself.
Conclusively, there have been studies that show the benefits of fasting go from lower cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure and of course, weight loss because by fasting you are naturally putting less mindless calories in your body (like late night snacks or unnecessary large-portioned dinners).
If this sounds like something you might want to give a try, go ahead, you just might find a newfound balance in your eating habits thanks to fasting.
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