Intermittent fasting has become quite popular, especially among those who have started diets such as the ketogenic diet or who are looking for ways to support their health or even lose some weight. If you are interested in learning more about intermittent fasting, keep reading! I am going to break it down and explain what it is and exactly what it can do for your health.
What is Intermittent Fasting?
Intermittent fasting involves eliminating food intake for a period of time. Some people choose to do intermittent fasting by skipping breakfast and eating their first meal of the day at 12pm. There is the 16-8 method which means that you eat all of your meals within the 8-hour eating window and then you fast for 16 hours. This works well for people who choose to skip breakfast and wait until lunch time to eat, or who want to eat a later breakfast and then an earlier dinner. This is one of the most popular intermittent fasting options as you still get to eat every day, and there is some flexibility in the times that you eat.
What Can Intermittent Fasting do For Our Health?
Fasting as a whole has been around for a very long time and intermittent fasting has shown to have quite a few health benefits.
#1 Cellular Repair: When you fast, your body has the ability to repair itself and even remove waste from cells which can be extremely beneficial for cellular repair.
#2 Blood Sugar Insulin levels during fasting drop which may be able to help support fat burning and be helpful for those who are looking to lose weight.
#3 Reduce Inflammation: Studies have shown that intermittent fasting can help combat inflammation which can greatly reduce our risk of chronic disease.
#4 Brain Health: Intermittent fasting may also be beneficial for brain health and may help increase brain-derived neurotrophic factor. Having enough BDNF is important for brain health, and not having enough has been linked to depression.
Intermittent fasting is something that has been proven to help support overall health and something that is becoming widely recognized. If you are interested in seeing how this could support your health, give it a go by starting with the 16-8 method and see how it makes you feel!
Comment below if you’ve tried Intermittent Fasting! How do you feel?