The way we eat in today's world is consistently changing. There are so many diets and methods of eating that we can incorporate. One viral method of eating is "Intermittent Fasting." Intermittent fasting isn't a diet but more so a style or approach of eating. This approach has picked up an enormous amount of attention and has a pretty simple rule to follow as opposed to other methods of feeding.
Intermittent fasting works a few different ways, but the main three are the 16/8 method, eat-stop-eat, and the 5:2 diet. The 16/8 process is when you skip breakfast and eat during an 8-hour feeding window, and an example would be 12 pm - 8 pm. You can adjust and make your eating window smaller, but this should be done gradually and taken with precaution.
The eat-stop eat style is when you fast for 24-48 hours once a week; an example would be not having breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 1 or 2 days. This idea of fasting can be challenging for many people because not eating for so long can cause serious health issues.
The 5:2 diet is when an individual eats 500-600 calories for two days of the week and switches back to regularly eating the remaining five days out of the week. This style should also be more looked into before starting because having such low calories can have you filling fatigued, weak, and cause frequent headaches.
These three methods all have something in common that makes them effective, and that is, they all allow you to eat less food over time, creating a calorie deficit. A calorie deficit is the only way and reason why someone loses weight. This benefit is one of many but probably the most popular one because people usually practice intermitted fasting to achieve this goal.
Now that we have gone over the three styles of intermitted fasting let's dive into some of the benefits. Before we do so, it's essential to know that NOT eating is never okay. As stated earlier, this practice should be done gradually and taken with precaution. The goal of weight loss and or the benefits of intermitted fasting should never push someone to stop eating to achieve it ultimately. Any individual who does so will find themselves in a hazardous and possibly life-threating situation.
A second theory on intermitted fasting and sleep is that consuming your last meal earlier in the evening gives your digestion system more time to process food before bed. According to the National Sleep Foundation, your digestive system works better when your upright instead of going to sleep on a full stomach, which can lead to reflux or heartburn. Anyone who attempts to go to sleep like this will find it more challenging to get a better night's rest.
In conclusion, Intermitted fasting is excellent not just for weight but many benefits, as I already stated. It's a great practice but can be dangerous for anyone who fasts for too long. Eating is essential, and we should never neglect that for any reason. It's great to give your digestive system time to heal, but the food is life for us and gives us what we need to functions every day and perform our daily tasks.
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