At some point, some of us wanted to lose weight. Including me. I had moments where I was unhappy with the way I looked that I tried some things in order to lose weight, including cutting off some of the foods I used to eat. If you ask me, this isn’t healthy. We shouldn’t make ourselves feel or be miserable. And this is where I weigh in. A while ago, I found about this cool thing called Intermittent Fasting and I realized that it’s very interesting. So, let’s dive into the depth of it and understand it more. What do you have to lose?
What exactly is intermittent fasting?
Basically, it is not based on what you eat, but when you eat. And a lot of people have been calling it a “diet”, but I disagree with this statement. Why? Because you don’t cut off anything from your food intake, you just eat it at a different time. You just change the time during which you eat. For example, you can eat your first meal at 10 AM and your last one at 6 PM, so that leaves you to 8 hours of eating. And after 6 PM (until 10 AM the other day) you don’t eat anything, so you have to make sure that you eat properly in those hours. Do you think it sounds extreme? This is what I thought in the beginning, but, if you think of it, it’s something some of us already do, but unconsciously.
Why is it helpful?
Intermittent fasting is more than to simply lose some weight, this is why I disagree with people calling it a “diet”. Research has shown that intermittent fasting lowers blood sugar; lessens inflammation, and it helps clear out toxins and damaged cells. The result is remarkable: your brain will work better and it lowers the chances to get cancer.
A lot of people tend to eat or snack at night, which is very dangerous for our health: it disturbs our sleep and it makes us prone to various diseases. So, if you stop eating, let’s say, at 6 PM, your sleep will be much more peaceful.
If it’s combined with sport, a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle, it can do wonders to yourself and your body. But, if you are pregnant or suffer from disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, I don’t recommend this, unless you are supervised by a specialist. Other than that, it’s perfectly fine.
How to properly do it
If you simply change the hours during which you eat the food, but you keep eating junk food and sweets all the time, it won’t work. So here are some tips and tricks I learned along the way:
1. Under no circumstances should you eat or snack at night! I’ve talked about it. Just don’t do it.
2. Choose the most suitable time frame. For example, do the 16/8 type of intermittent fasting (you eat 8h a day and fast for 16). This is the easier one and the most healthy, if you ask me.
3. Avoid sugary food. Try switching to vegetables, fruit and beans.
If you want to do it, I heavily encourage it. I’ve done it before and it did wonders to me. Just be careful: read more about it and do it in the way that is the most suitable for you. The results won’t come right away, but they will be visible in time!