The Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
The benefits of intermittent fasting are touted
by its supporters as a very effective way to burn fat, gain muscle
mass, and improve certain medical conditions such as diabetes and cholesterol.
Basically is based on the irrefutable fact that all animals in
nature fast intermittently, and some days they
do not taste the food if they have some health issue. There is no
way to find in the
nature the kind of human habits of eating three times a day, four times daily,
or as recently popularized six times per day. The arrival of pets
may have changed the habits of many animals, and due the overfeeding
we can find for instace dogs with all kinds of diseases due the overweight and lack of
Why the man never fast, and worse still eating when upset, or sick, is basically a cultural issue . 24 hours per day the human mind
with advertising messages selling processed food, and medical advices
that often have been refuted years later with respect to the amount
of food that a human being needs.
Our society have had better times with respect to food, and fifty years
ago it was very common for people not to take food if they felt no
appetite, and they had not the habit of eating chocolates or candies
daily. They practiced the recommended amount of weekly exercise and
enjoyed a healthy and productive life.
Intermittent fasting is a general term covering techniques
abstaining from food for a certain period of time. The main
techniques are the following .
Count 16 hours since the last meal of the previous day . This means
that if you took your dinner at 8 pm yesterday, your next meal
should be at 12 pm today. This is practiced daily, and basically
consists of skipping breakfast .
Spending 24 hours without food, starting from breakfast, lunch or
dinner the day before. It means that if you eat breakfast today at 8
AM, you must fast until the 8 AM of the next day . It is recommended
until twice a week .
Essentially the creators of this system claim that during the
periods of fasting or underfeeding your body releases a lot of
energy to cure many diseases, and releases the human
growth hormone. This hormone helps to burn fat and build muscle in adults.
Many people report having success with these systems. You should try
it yourself if you do not have any health problems .
Some additional tips
Reduce salt intake . Not only table salt, but also reduce the
consumption of ham, sausages , sauces .
Reduce or eliminate alcohol consumption . If you can not totally
eliminate at least try to limit or a drink only in a special meeting
or occasion. Do not make alcohol consumption a daily habit.
Consume daily fiber , grains, raw vegetables and fruits . Reduce
consumption of red meat, saturated fats , bakery products , sweets
Maybe the intermittent fasting will result,
but in the long run people who maintain their proper weight have
made of moderation their lifestyle. Not only with regards of food, but also
with respect to all their habits and emotions.