Hi, welcome to 2018! I have been pretty into fitness, wellness, and such this year. Yeah, I am confused about who I am too. In my research to get into the best shape ever, but also to lose some weight, I have stumbled across Intermittent Fasting. I have always seen fasting as something that was not great for your body, but I have been pleasantly surprised. If you are trying to focus on your diet or fitness this year, then this is a must read!
What is Intermittent Fasting?
The most important part of this, is that it is not a diet. It is basically scheduling your meals to align with different states of your body. Some of the most popular fasting plans are the 16/8, eat-stop-eat, and 5:2. The 16/8 is the option that I have selected for my life, and it seems to be the easiest to follow. This is when you skip breakfast, and then you eat eight hours. This means that your body is digesting and fasting for 16 hours per day.
If this does not seem to be your style, then the eat-stop-eat is when you take a break of 24 hours once or twice per week. So you eat regularly the rest of the week, but just spend your time fasting all at once, instead of every day. This is something that I believe is for a pro. It seems semi difficult to go without eating for whole twenty-four hours. Another method would be the 5:2 plan, which is where you eat regular 5 days a week, and then 2 of those days you are going to consume less than 600 calories per day. I think this is another plan that could be difficult for beginners.
The different stages of IF
Before I began researching what is involved in intermittent fasting, I had no idea about the different stages. Let’s start with the Fed Stage. This is when your body is digesting and absorbing the food that you have taken in. This stage begins when you start to eat, and lasts 3-5 hours after you finish eating. This stage has pretty high insulin levels, which make it really difficult to burn off the bad fat that we are trying to get rid of.
The next stage is the Post-Absorbent stage which is basically when we are not digesting or processing a meal. Then we enter the Fasted State. This is the time when our insulin levels are at their lowest point, and it is easier for us to burn the fat off that is not always accessible. Since it is rare that we are in this state when we are not fasting, it is basically the whole point. Fasting burns fat, which is exactly what we want.
What can we expect from Intermittent Fasting?
Glad you asked! Not only are you going to lose weight, but you are actually able to preserve your muscles with this plan! It has also been scientifically proven to help you live longer through cell repair, which takes out the proteins that we no longer need. Oh, and it can actually help protect us from disease. This includes reducing our risk of cancer, and cardiovascular disease. It can also make your day easier by not having to constantly stress about how much you are eating, what you are eating, or when you are eating. As someone who really is not a big dieter, it is also lightyears easier!
Have you ever tried Intermittent Fasting? What are your fitness tips?