The Benefits Of Intermittent Fasting
Fasting diets are making headlines as a weight loss and health gain diet, from the 5:2 diet to the 16:8, fasting is growing in popularity. Here's some more info on the benefits of intermittent fasting:
So what is fasting? Fasting means to deliberately abstain from eating for a period of time, whilst intermittent fasting is a pattern of eating that includes planned periods of fasting within the day or week.
Unfortunately skipping a meal doesn't count as intermittent fasting, this is called irregular eating. Two papers published in the Proceedings of the Nutrition Society suggest that when you eat affects your health and having irregular meals could lead to obesity, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes— regardless of the number of calories you are eating.
On the flip side, intermittent fasting is getting the thumbs up from researchers, with the reported benefits including:
- Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease
- Lower cardiovascular stress
- Lower the risk of stroke
- Lower blood pressure
- Increase insulin sensitivity
- Enhance brain function
- Improves hearing function
- In fact it is shown to have similar benefits to that of physical exercise, just make sure not to combine the two on the same day!
Sound good? Here's how to get started:
We recommend 'The 5:2 Diet': This is a great and simple way to reduce your overall caloric intake without harming your metabolism.
They way it works is;
5 days of the week you eat normally e.g the recommended amount of calories.
2 days (separated, not consecutive) of the week you eat 500-600 calories per day.
Choose either 2 x 250-300 calorie meals or 4 smaller 100 calorie meals split up over the day.
The idea is to give the digestive system a rest, and use your 2 days a week to aid in weight loss instead of going on a 'yoyo' diet that is not sustainable long term.