Fasting has been part of many cultures routines for thousands of years. Most of the time fasting is part of a religious belief and people fast as part of their religious rituals.
In this post, we are going to take a look at the health benefits of fasting and how it can help the body repair itself. Also, there is growing support in the medical community for intermittent fasting and weight loss.
With all the medical research pointing to fasting as being an excellent aid to losing weight and helping with type 2 diabetes, it is worth taking more seriously.
Anything that will help you to burn fat is worth looking into; intermittent fasting can help you burn calories during the times that you are not eating.
Most people’s bodies on the average will take about 12 hours to digest a meal completely; delaying eating after the twelve hours will allow the body time to burn some fat for energy.
Incorporating intermittent fasting into my diet plan has helped to maintain my blood sugar levels for several months. It was a bit of an adjustment to stop eating breakfast, but that is the best meal to skip for me.
Many believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day; what is more, important is what you eat when you begin your eating for the day.
It is much more important to eat healthy greens from a well-balanced salad and some good lean protein than to eat some high fat and high carbohydrate option that are available through fast food places.
Fasting Benefits to Your Health.
There are more health benefits from fasting, which include reducing blood pressure, cholesterol, inflammation, type 2 diabetes, and provide cardiovascular disease protection.
People who can tolerate the fasting routine without any adverse medical conditions like low blood sugar; will benefit from incorporating fasting into their schedules.
Adding exercise to the periods when you are not eating can help to burn some additional fat. Combine the fasting routine with a well-balanced diet that is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables and your body will thank you by feeling much better.
Losing weight is great and for some of us is an ongoing battle that is a long term issue that can easily discourage people from continuing with the correct plan.
What helps me continue with the healthy eating plan to recognize how much better you feel when you eat the right foods.
Since I started the intermittent fasting using the method of 16 hours fasting and eating for eight hours each day. I have been able to stick with this plan, and my energy level has improved.
It is crucial to maintain healthy choices for your meals when doing this type of fasting. Pay attention to your energy levels and experiment with some different snacks to help you feel satisfied.
It helps to use some highly nutritious supplements to your diet to ensure that you have all the ingredients that you need to get through the day.
My favorite drink to take when getting to work is the apple cider vinegar, honey, cinnamon, turmeric, and fresh lemon juice mix. It helps to keep my energy level high in the mornings while not eating.
Why Fasting is Good for Your Health.
It is so essential for me to continually remind myself of the benefits of intermittent fasting and healthy eating. When life gets very busy, it is easy to fall into bad habits.
Workloads and schedules can have a significant impact on your choices for meals. That is, I must plan my meals the day before and follow the plan.
For years I did not do that, and it led to becoming type two diabetics. Which is entirely my fault, even though people are offering the wrong foods it is not their fault!
Fasting helps with that by giving you an option when someone offers to buy you a meal; you can politely decline the meal and tell them you are fasting and on a strict diet regimen.
Fasting contributes to weight loss, and it helps brain function by increasing the Human Growth Hormone (HGH) through the body. The HGH aids in creating a physiological change in the metabolism to support fat burning and save the protein.
The proteins and amino acids are then utilized to improve brain and neuron processing. There are additional benefits from the extra proteins being available to repair tissues, muscles, ligaments, and bones.
Fasting reduces inflammation in the body, and this can significantly minimize pain in the body that comes from the swelling effects.
The times that the body is not digesting food allows it to be able to heal itself. This time will reduce the stress and strain that leads to fatigue and a general feeling of discontent.
Give the body what it needs, and it will be able to maintain the optimal performance levels. How much better is it to feel good and be well-balanced when approaching life?
Which Method of Fasting is Best.
There are three main categories on fasting; the first is time restricted eating where the person does not eat anything for a set amount of time during the day and then eats the average amount of food for the day in a fixed timeframe.
The second method of fasting is using an alternate day fast where the person usually eats every other day. On the days that they are not eating they can have water, coffee, tea without sugar.
The last method is where the person usually eats for five days of the week and the other two days abstain from food. In some of these fasting methods, there are provisions for consuming additional calories if necessary.
Throughout the centuries people have done extended fasting for their religious reasons, some have fasted to feel better and have better mental clarity.
If you are searching for a deeper spiritual connection fasting to enhance their experiences, one of the best benefits is mastering the feeling of hunger; by doing this people will be empowered to face other challenges in life.
Finding the right method is going to depend on what the objective of the person is. In any case, the body is going to benefit from fasting.
What is Fasting Good for in Life?
Intermittent fasting is good for helping people lose weight, and manage their food choices when done correctly, and in conjunction with a healthy diet, it allows the body time to go through the healing process.
No matter what a person’s beliefs are they will receive benefits from fasting in whichever method or schedule that they can incorporate into a healthy lifestyle change.
Making changes that we intend to continue doing over the long haul is the best way to ensure that what gains you see will be more permanent and not part of a yoyo effect.
Another benefit from fasting is the purification of the body; this is something much easier to understand when someone goes through the prep for procedures that require a clean digestive tract.
After completing a colonoscopy, the gut is going to work better than it was before the cleaning.
Intermittent fasting allows the body to flush itself every day and gives a better chance for complete digestion of your food and any supplements that you are taking.
Intermittent Fasting is growing in popularity within the medical field and has an excellent chance to help people maintain their weight goals and improve them have a better sense of well-being in life.
Take the time to look at the options available to you in the area of fasting. The benefits are worth the effort, everyone will have different results, but most will enjoy the benefits.
Fasting also improves the taste buds and makes food taste better, that is something that the research does not talk about too much, but it is something that stands out to me after doing the intermittent fasting for a few months.
Hope that you will take the time to consider the many benefits of fasting and consider using one of the methods mentioned in this article.
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