May 9, 2018 + Diet
What would you say if you were told that the occasional fasting could help you avoid or reverse diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease? It’s true! And, if that isn’t enough to convince you that intermittent fasting is a great idea, there are even more health benefits!
But first, let’s start from the beginning.
Yesterday vs Today
Long ago, our ancestors worked hard to clear the land, build homes, and grow their own food. They needed a lot of energy to do all that work, so they had to eat three square meals a day. These days, most people’s energy requirements are much lower than those of their ancestors because they burn far fewer calories in an average day. But most of us not only eat three times a day, some of us actually eat five or six times a day.
What Do I Gain by Eating Less?
Research has shown that intermittent fasting changes the way the body functions and has many proven health benefits, including:
- Weight loss
- Appetite control
- Enhanced brain/cognitive function. In other words, makes you smarter!
- Increased stress resistance
- Blood sugar control
- Increased energy level
- Reduced heart rate and blood pressure
- Less free radical production, which translates to that magic word of the century—anti-aging!
Why Some People Eat Throughout the Day
Eating throughout the day can be:
- Out of habit
- Out of false notion that it’s healthy
- Due to stress—emotional or mindless eating
- Based on the false assumption that it’s the only way to prevent hypoglycemia
- Adrenal fatigue
Intermittent fasting can change your habits and your life for the better. This is not another fad diet. The vast benefits of intermittent fasting are shown in research and seen in clinical settings. Also, it’s how our ancestors ate.
Fasting Is a Scary Word
Fasting is a scary word to some because they associate fasting with starving for a very long time. Although some do practice fasting for extended periods of time for religious or spiritual purposes, it’s not the only way intermittent fasting is medically defined.
Intermittent fasting can be done in various ways, including eating normally for five days, then only consuming 600 calories for two days per week. The ways that people fast can be tailored to suit their lifestyle and preferences.
So Much Delicious Food, Why Eat Less?
That’s right. No one can argue eating is not pleasurable. But, if our diet is one of the major players in the cause of “I just don’t feel well,” then maybe we should take a closer look at what we call “healthy eating.”
Take Home Message
Ingesting more calories than the body needs can result in a whole host of health problems. By eating less food and less frequently, you can make huge changes in your health and well-being.
Any change in diet habits should be medically supervised, but what you can do today is begin to reduce the calories you don’t need. You can start by having dessert only on special occasions, or use less sugar in your tea or coffee.