Beginners Guide to Intermittent Fasting: Is it Right for You?
Intermittent fasting or IF is a very popular trend in the fitness world today, and has a lot of many great benefits for all different types of people. Now, IF is not perfect for everyone and it is not necessary to gain results in whichever area your goals are aimed for. If you have any doubts about whether IF might be unhealthy or dangerous for you, ask your primary care doctor. The overall idea of Intermittent fasting is not necessarily a diet but a pattern of eating over different periods of the day or scattered differently throughout a week. Many people do IF for different reasons, there are also multiple methods to choose from. It is best to start out slowly and work your way up. IF is not something to jump into aggressively as it takes time to build yourself up to fasting for longer periods.
- 16/8 hour window method
The 16/8 hour window method is the most popular and the easiest way to start out with IF. It is pretty self explanatory as you end up fasting for 16 hours of the day, and eating within an 8 hour window. Some beginners can even start up to a 20/4 hour window if the 16/8 is too daunting at first.
- 5:2 diet
This method is a little less common and somewhat more extreme compared to the 16/8 method, but it is still very effective. This method involves eating 500-600 calories in nonconsecutive days of the week and eating pretty normally for the other 2. This is a difficult method and should not be tried right at the start of your IF journey.
How IF affects your body
While IF takes place your body becomes insulin sensitive and lowers your levels which make your stored body fat levels more accessible to be burnt off. This is a big reason why IF is linked to fat loss.
- Cell repair
When you are in the fasting process your body initiates cellular repair, which ends up removing old and non functioning cells including proteins that have no use in the body.
Your HGH levels increase dramatically when fasting, leading to higher chance of fat loss and muscle growth within your fasting periods
disclaimer : (Intermittent fasting is not for everyone. This is only stating facts about Intermittent fasting and is not suggesting to anyone that they should try it. Please contact your doctor if you’re interested in trying)