Updated: Feb 20, 2019
In this era of social media and digital realities, it has become a norm for people to become obsessed with the idea of a ‘healthy living’. This concept of living healthy in their minds revolves heavily around fancy brand labelled whole foods, potions, labelled pressed juices and other similar stuff. Amid all these digital advertisement enslaving our minds in the simulacra of this romanticised vision of ‘the ultimate healthy life’, there have been trends that are actually worth considering and have their basis on solid scientific research and results. Intermittent fasting is one of those trends!
What is Intermittent Fasting?
IF or intermittent fasting is one of those hyped up trends that sent social media into a momentary frenzy when it got associated to weight loss. Intermittent Fasting is not a diet plan or a package of supplement that you need to engulf rather it is a lifestyle. This depends more on “how” and “when” you eat rather than “what” you eat.
Intermittent Fasting generally involves taking a gap of sixteen hours in between two meals thus naturally burning all your calorie intake before you feed your body more. Alternatively, you can choose to fast 24 hours twice each week. It’s really all about developing an eating pattern for your body and sticking to it.
Though it’s only now that Intermittent Fasting has become this ‘fancy’ phenomenon, it has always been around. Way before the internet actually made it ‘cool’; intermittent fasting is observed as a religious obligation in various cultures and religions thus it has been around for a while.
Intermittent Fasting and Weight Loss.
Intermittent fasting has been scientifically proven helpful in aiding weight loss. Even if you don’t perform any rigorous exercises or cut out massive food groups from your diet, a little discipline on your part and you can easily get all the nutrition your body needs and lose weight simultaneously. The concept is simple: when you are not feeding your body every two hours or so, it turns to the stored energy in you to perform its daily tasks and that is when it hits the fats. The process is as simple as that and unlike hitting gym five days a week and eating pretend food, it is easier than anything else.
Intermittent fasting also regulates the insulin levels in your body. When you don’t eat for a while the insulin levels don’t spike up and lower levels of insulin actually pave the way for fat burning.
When your body is in the ‘fasting’ mood, your nervous system sends norepinephrine to the fat cells of your body; it is kind of a signal to initiate fat cells breakage into small units to release energy. This also causes major and healthier weight loss.
Intermittent Fasting is not a fad diet or an alluring program designed to mint money from people. It’s an ages old way of living that calls you back to simple styles of living. If you need assistance in figuring out where to start, reach out to personal trainers in Hertford to get you started. Live simple, live healthier.