Intermittent fasting has gained popularity in recent years due to its health benefits. It is an eating pattern that involves alternating cycles of fasting and eating. There are different types of intermittent fasting, but the most common one involves restricting food intake for a specific period, usually 16-24 hours.
When I first experimented with intermittent fasting, I tried a 16:8 window. What that means is that I eat during an 8 hour window (10am to 6pm) and I fast, or abstain from eating for 16 hours (6pm- 10am).
Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
One of the key benefits of intermittent fasting is weight loss. When you fast, your body uses stored fat as an energy source, leading to a reduction in body fat. Intermittent fasting may also help improve insulin sensitivity, lower inflammation, and improve brain function. Here are some of the potential benefits of intermittent fasting:
1. Improved weight loss: Intermittent fasting can help reduce calorie intake and boost metabolism, which may lead to weight loss.
2. Reduced inflammation: Intermittent fasting can lower inflammation levels in the body, which may be linked to reduced risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease or diabetes.
3. Improved brain function: Some studies suggest that intermittent fasting can improve brain function and protect against age-related cognitive decline.
4. Lowered risk of certain diseases: Intermittent fasting has been linked to reduced risk of certain diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease.
5. Increased longevity: Studies show that intermittent fasting may extend lifespan by activating certain genes associated with longevity.
It is important to note that some intermittent fasting windows are not suitable for everyone, including pregnant or breastfeeding women, people with certain medical conditions, and those with a history of disordered eating. It is always best to consult with your trusted healthcare provider before starting any new diet or eating pattern.