Obesity has become major problem around the globe these days and one of the biggest reasons behind is the easy availability of fast foods. People eat them almost all the time and that leads to weight increase which in some cases goes way past the acceptable point.
Dieting was the suggested solution for the excessive eating but not a lot of people like the idea of putting off their favorite foods. Nutritionists around the world started to delve into the thought of making dieting work without having to compromise on people’s way of living or eating. This is where they came up with intermittent fasting.
Now, intermittent fasting is not actual fasting that populace practice during certain months due to religious obligation. It is a life-style that you can adapt to lead a healthier life without having to compromise on your eating habits.
What is Intermittent Fasting?
It is a type of fasting where you select a certain hours where you will eat, and during the rest of the day, you will keep your eating habits in check. For example, you pick your eating hours from 3PM to 11PM. That’s 8 hours of complete freedom.
You can eat your favorite dishes during this time, but as soon as the clock strikes 11PM, you have to back off of foods of all kinds. You don’t have to go on full fast though as you can eat some minor stuff if you feel like it. And you should keep on drinking as much water as you can during your fasting hours.
Take water and really low-end diet during the non-eating hours, and when the eating hours begin, you can go about eating your favorite foods. This does not mean that you just keep eating during the set hours. You can eat your favorite dishes and everything that you want, but you will have to keep you diet in check.
Too much of it and the intermittent fasting will become useless. You can take liberties every now and then, but if you are looking to be healthy or to lose weight, then you will have to watch out for everything you eat.
The way it works is quite simple actually. After 16 hours of not eating anything or minimal eating, your glycogen reserves are at extremely low. Body obviously needs them, and when they are not present due to lack of food, you start to feel a bit iffy, hungry, and angry – all at the same time.
It definitely is not a good feeling but luckily this isn’t that big of a deal. It is quite a hassle to deal at first, but becomes a habit soon enough. Body realizes that you are in dire need of glycogen so it releases fat cells into the blood stream so that you can get them. This is how fats are reduced in the body. Every fat cell is utilized by the body to provide energy for all your functions, hence reducing the overall fat.
This state of the body is called Ketosis. This state of the body not helps in reducing the overall fat from the body, but also reduces the blood pressure which is the cause of most diseases during old age.
Actors Follow Fasting
One of the biggest Hollywood stars, Hugh Jackman follows Intermittent fasting, and that allows him to stay in the perfect shape without having to compromise on his eating habits.
We have all seen him play the role of Wolverine and it is pretty obvious from the movie that Hugh Jackman is in a great shape. Throughout his role as Wolverine, he has managed to keep himself all build-up and a portion of that success goes to intermittent fasting.
Improve Muscle Memory
Intermittent fasting increases the ketones in the body and with their increase, the muscle memory also gets better. This is incredibly useful for the people of old age, as they body parts are in dire need of muscle memory.
At a young age, you may not feel like muscle memory is all that important, but as you grow old, you are extremely reliant on muscle memory for all of your daily activities. Sooner you start to indulge with intermittent fasting, better your fitness and muscle memory would be in the old age.
Most of the fitness centers also recommend this very diet to old people so that their muscle memory can be improved. With better memory, they are able to perform most of their activities on their own, without relying on anyone else, which of course is a huge help.
Intermittent fasting is not something that we thought of just in a day, it has been a practice that has been going on for a long time and people all over the globe have tested it to different extents. Most you can get out of this practice is when you keep the eating schedule for 6 hours, and then fast for the next 18 hours. This is quite a difficult thing to achieve though, which is why most recommend the perfect balance of 8 and 16 hours. 8 hours for eating, while 16 hours of fasting or minimalistic intake.
Intermittent Fasting is great on its own as proved by many researches. To make it even more efficient however, you can accompany it with regular walks. This will make metabolism a whole lot easier. Not a lot of people pay attention to this as they just keep on eating.
Walking goes a long way in keeping your body healthy. Accompanying it with intermittent fasting will keep your body active and if you are looking to lose weight, it will help in that regard as well.
Our friends at Tech Insider has made a nice video of Intermittent fasting, how it works, and how it helps the growth of your brain and your body, you can check it out below.
Source: Tech Insider