Fasting comes into many forms but today we would like to talk about Intermittent Fasting (IF). This is not a practice to starve ourselves! People have different methods of doing IF, some people do every other day, which is one day of little or no food and one day of eating. Others do one day a week or one day every other week, and some may even do one day a month. There is no fixed method, it all depends on individual preference.
The goal of IF is not to starve ourselves but go for an extended period of time without food. As we evolved, we did not always have access to food like we do today, there were periods of feast and famine. There is a lot of research saying that during a fasting period our body heals itself and makes necessary repairs. When we become hungry our body starts to focus energy on healing damaged cells and making necessary repairs to our body because we need to be at our best in order to find food, the basic survival rule that our body react when dealing with the condition without food intake. If we are constantly full or we constantly have access to food, our body has no real incentive to repair damaged cells.
Benefits of Fasting
There are numerous benefits to fasting but the 3 in particular that are most important are:
- Helps in improved cellular repair function. As mentioned above because our body needs to be at the best status in order to find food, therefore, this is how the human body naturally works to get into that status.
- Improved fat burning. Fat is the body’s primary source for fuel and as long as there is no glucose in our bloodstream, we are burning fat. Typically, when we are in a fasted state our body has used up all the glucose and our body is just burning fat for fuel.
- Reduced the feeling of hunger. This happens as we extended the period of IF without from time to time. Our body is managed to balance out the energy use very quickly and therefore improve the tolerance level of feeling hunger.
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