10 Reasons to Try Intermittent Fasting
So, you want to know why you should try intermittent fasting huh? Well, you want to get into those skinny jeans, don’t you? How about less bloating? Better health? Fewer aches and pains? Greater strength and recovery? Any, all of the above? But wait, we know…
Relax. Chill out. It’s really not like that at all.
Seriously though, you might want to consider intermittent fasting, AKA “time-restricted feeding”…meaning simply adjusting/limiting the period of time in which you will eat.
Don’t worry, we aren’t going to tell you that you can’t eat, nor are you going to disappear. Your muscles will not fade away. You will not starve to death.
Before you run off in judgment, pause for just a couple of short minutes and read through this list of reasons why you should really consider giving intermittent fasting a try.
These reasons, along with the convenience of intermittent fasting, might very well wet your appetite for an even greater education on the topic.
To be clear…you do realize you already fast daily right?
You know, that thing we all do daily (HOPEFULLY ANYWAY)…sleeping.
Even if you are the laziest of bed bugs, you survive this “fasted state” without issue right? Each and every one of us is going 6-10 hours daily in a fasted state, so, our intermittent fasting protocol of choice would not require a lot more in either time or effort.
In fact, we can guarantee every intermittent faster you speak to will tell you…life got easier, more convenient due to their new eating schedule.
Does this mean we suggest you sleep even more of your life away?
HELL NO! And since intermittent fasting will most likely cause increases in energy levels…that wouldn’t work too well anyway.
Now, do you want 10 reasons you should try intermittent fasting?
1. Weight Loss
When fasting, it allows your body to tap into reserves. This means that your body has to eat itself and therefore, lose weight. It sounds a little cannibalistic, but that is literally what happens when the body doesn’t have food to eat. Fasting is viewed as a lifestyle change rather than a temporary fix, feeding your body this way is so much more sustainable than other diets.
2. Improved Tolerance of Glucose
This is an awesome diet to try out if you’re diabetic (obviously with your doctor’s approval). Fasting is a great way for the body to normalize glucose and even improve glucose variability. If you’re looking for a way to improve your insulin sensitivity, then this might be the way to go!
3. Boosts Metabolism
Contrary to historical belief, there is a greater metabolic boost from short-term, intermittent fasting than the smaller, more frequent feedings. Although long-term fasting slows down metabolism, shorter-term fasting increases metabolism over a period of time. This is a much more effective method than long-term calorie restriction, which can mess with your body’s metabolism. No more counting calories for you!
4. Improves Longevity
This could be the cure to living forever. Kidding. Realistically, if you fast regularly in your life, you have a lowered risk of developing disorders that lead to death. There’s literal evidence that shows that people that eat or graze throughout the day live shorter than those that regularly fast.
5. Understanding Hunger
You’ll be in tune with your body’s needs even more! While fasting, you’ll garner a better understanding of the cycle of hunger. Before true hunger sets in, when not fed and becomes starved, you’ll feel the pangs of “hunger” that is usually psychological cravings. Fasting will give you a glimpse into the window of what feeling hungry really is. You’ll have a renewed view of what good food is, and how it’s supposed to make you feel. Everything tastes more delicious all of a sudden! Where’s my lobster?
6. Establishes Routine
Having strict eating times followed by periods of fasting can help your body develop a solid routine. You’ll be feeling more in harmony with your body and knowing what it truly needs. Your circadian rhythm will be on point. You will sleep better. You will wake more energized. You will have more clarity. The benefits are real…we promise you!
7. Stimulates Brain Function
According to studies, fasting has shown to improve your brain’s health over time. It stimulates the growth of neurons, aids in recovery following a stroke or other brain injuries and enhances memory performance. Anyone not want better brain function? More clarity, more focus? We don’t think that person exists but if you find them, please let us know. We would like to study them. 😜
8. Boosts the Immune System
Fasting has proven to regenerate the entire immune system by boosting the production of new white blood cells, the body’s natural way of fighting off infection. When you do your research on the cellular effects of intermittent fasting and autophagy (in simple terms, the turnover of bad cells in the body), you might be truly blown away and excited to get started.
9. Rejuvenates Skin
Got acne? Trying fasting! Having the right diet can help with clearing up your skin but fasting is the sure-fire way of clearing up your skin even faster and look healthier! Feel better, look better, inside and out. Who knew?
10. Improves Spiritual Well Being
It’s obvious why many different religions practice fasting. You feel more attuned to your surroundings and yourself. You feel at peace with yourself and can regulate your mood swings. Nobody likes moody, but so many blame it on being “hangry”. Now we come to figure out, it might very well be quite the opposite. Too much food, too often.
As you can see, there are, in fact, reasons to do things differently these days. The science has finally caught up. A healthier lifestyle no longer needs to be a tedious, time-consuming, calorie counting, meal prepping, endeavor.
If you want to know even more about IF or time-restricted feeding, feel free to check out these articles as well.
You only have one life to live, one body to live it in, so take care of it. Progress, not perfection. Good, better, best with your food intake and some form of movement daily. Get your nutritional foundation from food, supplement where necessary, and drink plenty of water. We are here to help so feel free to drop us comments or questions as often as you’d like and always consult your physician before making any changes to your diet or exercise regiment.
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