Intermittent fasting. If you’ve heard about it, you’ll know that it’s definitely becoming a popular term in the fitness industry. I heard of intermittent fasting a few months ago and decided to give it a shot.
Intermittent fasting, according to authority nutrition.com, is “a term for an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating.” There is a principle that states people who eat less are generally healthier, and IF comes from this very principle.
So, how does IF work, and what are the benefits?
Basically you pick hours of the day in which you are fasting and eating. For me, I eat between the hours of about 10:30 am to 8 pm, leaving me with about 14 hours of fasting. Does this sound kind of awful? Sure, but it really isn’t. I’ll get to that in a bit. First, let’s go over some of the health benefits of IF:
- When you fast, your insulin levels tend to drop dramatically. With lower insulin levels, stored body fat is more accessible.
- While fasting, your cells enter cellular repair process. Because of this, cells remove old proteins that build up inside.
- Fasting can increase your metabolic rate by 3.6 percent to 14 percent, which makes for a great weight loss tool.
- A study on rats showed IF increased their lifespan by 36-83 percent longer.