Are you ready for a tough but incredibly effective way to lose weight? If the answer is yes, keep reading. Today I’m going to talk to you about intermittent fasting. I have successfully tried it, and I can tell you that it works, as long as you stick to it. There must be a reason that this method is so popular!
In the past, I have tried different dieting systems. Some have worked, meaning that I’ve actually lost some weight, but the problem with most methods is that when I eventually stopped dieting, the weight came back. And, in my case, really fast.
The Key Fundaments of Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting manages to improve our body functions and strengthen our metabolic system. This way, the entire body responds to this type of diet with the same improvements resulting from an intense sport activity.
If we think about it, the habit of eating (at least) three times a day is fairly new and because we live in civilized (and rich) counties. But, during the course of history, men and women had to adapt to periods in which food was not so readily available. This is why humans had to develop the ability to survive without any food intake, even for more than one day.
Scientific research has shown that intermittent fasting helps avoid high-pressure problems, improves the circulatory system, and keeps blood sugar values under control. As for a positive effect on cancer prevention, it is still yet to be confirmed, but there is already some evidence supporting this theory, originally suggested by the famous Italian oncologist Giovanni Veronesi.
Studies have also highlighted that this diet acts towards cell renewal and the removal of cell components that have become old and unnecessary. At the same time, it also helps getting rid of viruses and bacteria in a process known as “autophagy.”
So basically, it means that intermittent fasting helps in developing a natural cell recovery and rejuvenation process. Plus, it’s very effective in reducing the dangerous belly fat. Since I started, I felt better, more active and alert, and, at the same time, I am losing weight: such a big result, compared to other diets I’ve tried in the past!
Let’s take a closer look at the method so that you can judge if it can work for you. In the beginning, the word “fasting” was, for me, simply scary. I used to eat at least three times a day. I kept on saying to myself that my body was just not able to withstand a long period without any food intake. But I was wrong. In fact, with a bit of patience, good-will, and self-control, there is nothing that we cannot achieve.
This diet doesn’t tell you what to eat. Instead, it indicates when you can eat and when you cannot. There are many different ways to implement intermittent fasting. The most popular ways are indicated below:
- The 5:2 method. You choose two days of the week (not consecutive) in which you have a total food intake summing up to no more than 600 calories. The remaining days, you can eat normally.
- The 8:16 method. Over a period of 24 hours, you can eat for 8 hours and then have to fast for 16. You can put this method into practice by skipping breakfast and then regularly have your lunch and evening meal. It’s actually the method that I have chosen, and I have adjusted to it quite well. If you prefer, you can have breakfast at 8, a late lunch and then wait for the following day for your next meal. This way is a bit harder, but it’s very effective.
- The Eat-Stop-Eat method. If you choose this method, you will be required to fast for 24 hours, 1-2 times a week. For example, you can have your lunch and then fast until lunchtime the next day.
Keep in mind that, if you want to lose weight, this diet will help you because the total count of calorie intake will be lower. But if you start binge eating when you are allowed to have food, then you won’t lose any weight at all!
From personal experience, I can confirm that healthful eating is the basis of our well-being. Intermittent fasting can help us in achieving that goal. On the other hand, we have to keep in mind the concept of moderation.
To give you an example, among Eastern monasteries, reigns the rule of the so-called “right quantity.” When approaching the dining table, monks practice orioki, which means “just enough.” Moreover, before you drastically change your food intake, it’s also important to seek medical advice, so that an expert can confirm if your body is ready for a diet.