Fasting isn’t exactly a new idea, in fact it has been practiced by various religions and beliefs for thousands of years as a method of inducing spiritual enlightenment as well as encouraging and assisting physical healing. Although fasting is still practiced by many of today’s faiths, in one form or another, it is also experiencing something of a renaissance and has become very popular amongst individuals who want to lose weight who have embraced a less severe form called – intermittent fasting.
Instead of fasting for several days or even weeks at a time in the most extreme cases, intermittent fasting diet is the practice of going without food for comparatively short 24 hour periods, sometimes a little longer, once or twice each week and on a regular basis, during which time you are only allowed to drink water and possibly green tea.
The fasting will obviously reduce calorie intake, and not just over the duration of the fast but also over the entire week. Reducing calorie intake will result in weight loss and fasting intermittently is an effective and easy way to achieve this objective. Although it is primarily used for helping lose weight it also offers extra health benefits which far exceed any of those received by just losing weight alone.
However, the fasting isn’t the only method of lowering your calorie intake, there is also a method called calorie restriction. Calorie restriction is the process of reducing your daily calorie intake so that it is around 25 to 30 percent below what you would normally need to maintain your normal weight.
Using calorie restriction increases life expectancy as has been scientifically proven, but unless carried out correctly can result in individuals becoming extremely underweight as their metabolism becomes much slower than it should be and hormone production can also become negatively effected as some can drop to levels that would effect your health.
The same life extending benefits can be experienced when using intermittent fasting but without the negative effects that can occur when using calorie restriction, it is also far easier to follow. The overriding feeling that most people have is that abstaining from food for a full 24 hours will be too difficult and to be completely honest the first fast or two can be hard, but you will be amazed how much easier fasting becomes after these initial steps. You may actually be surprised to learn that many practitioners actually look forward to their fasting day.
The question that most people ask is naturally about what they are permitted to eat on the days when they are not fasting and the answer is probably the main reason why the fasting is becoming increasingly popular.When you are not fasting you can eat pretty much what you would eat normally, the only thing that must be avoided is binge eating when you have just finished a fast as this completely defeats the object.
Using Intermittent Fasting Will Actually Liberate You!
We have already mentioned the health benefits of fasting above but one thing that we haven’t touched on is the freedom that it gives you. Strange it may be but you would be surprised by the number of people who are fearful of missing out meals. Fasting will make you realize that you won’t shrivel up and die by missing out a few meals, in fact your digestive system will thank you for given it a rest, understanding this will help free you from the control that food has over you and be very liberating.
In short it fasting will help you to lose weight easily, experience additional health benefits, and you’ll gain a new freedom in your life too.
Let’s face it…dieting is absolute hell for most people! There is an endless conveyor belt of shiny new fad ‘miracle’ diets screaming ‘try me’, all promising the same amazing results. But here’s the thing…if all of these diets or weight loss pills did what they said they would do then why does the weight loss industry continue to pump out one new dieting product after another?
The simple fact is that there is only one way to lose weight and that is to reduce calorie intake and the safest and healthiest way to do so…is to follow an intermittent fasting lifestyle!