February # Dedicated to Health # Health Series - 2 # Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

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I am glad to see the response on the first post of the health series and as we progress with our health series, This one is my favorite so it's coming on top of the list.

When it comes to eating habits and patterns there are many ways that can bring benefits to our body and Intermittent fasting is one of it. Some people would oppose to the idea of intermittent fasting saying a 3 course meal is important in the day for the body. But at the end of the day there is no right or wrong it's just about what best suits your body.

Fasting has been one of the very old practices in India since ancient times and it is majorly done for religious purposes. But scientifically there are a lot of benefits of fasting on the body, not only with weight loss but also keeping the health in good condition.


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What is Intermittent Fasting?


Intermittent fasting is basically an eating pattern where you eat with a gap of 16 to 18 hours with a eating window of 8 hours.
16:8 fasting schedule is the most common and an easy to follow method. What we eat in the 8 hours do matter to the body. After breaking the fast it is advisable to have the first meal with fiber rich foods, proteins and foods high in fat. But the point is that one should eat normal on breaking the fast. In the beginning it is obvious that you would feel very hungry and you would tend to overeat but that needs to be controlled. High Carb diet makes us feel hungry faster and foods rich in fat and protein will make us feel full hence it is advisable to plan out the diet accordingly.

What happens in Intermittent fasting?


When we eat our food, it increases the Insulin level in the body and in turn sugar transforms into Glycogen and gets stored in the Liver once the storage capacity is full the rest of the Glucose gets transformed to Fat and gets stored in the Liver. When we eat food rich in Carbs the insulin level rises faster, hence a low carb diet is always suggested by many dietitians. A high Carb diet makes us feel hungry faster as they burn faster and increases the Insulin levels. When we do fasting the stored energy in the form of Glucose starts getting used up, once that is consumed it will start breaking down the stored fat for energy.

If we keep eating all through out the day we are only accumulating more fat and glucose in the body and not giving a chance to the body to utilize that what is already stored, it keeps accumulating and eventually leading to weight gain and also all the possible other health issues. Hence intermittent fasting is one very good way to allow your body to utilize on the stored resources effectively in our body.


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The many benefits of Intermittent fasting


Digestion process consumes a lot of energy in our body, so if we keep eating regularly our body is all the time at work which eventually makes us feel lethargic and low in energy. We all know how do we feel after a heavy meal. We just do not want to do anything and feel so lazy and want to sleep.
The major benefits one sees with Fasting are;

  • Fasting allows the body to detoxify from the damaged cells and also cancer cells.
  • When the Insulin level is low in the body you also feel emotionally and mentally healthy.
  • Weight loss is one major advantage, since the fats are used up to generate energy.
  • Helps reduce inflammation in the body.
  • Reduces risk of heart diseases
  • Low Cholesterol and blood pressure levels.
  • Curing type 2 Diabetes
  • Increased focus and attention

While our body is very intelligent at times it is also very deceptive, it keeps giving us wrong signals. It creates a craving for food at a certain time that we are used to, but that does not mean it needs to eat. We can control our hunger, there is a difference between feeling hungry and feeling low on energy. The body will give that signal, and we need to be attentive to that. When the body has consumed the stored sugar and fat, that is the time it will feel low on energy since it has depleted all it sources and now it's time to fuel it up. Listen to the needs of your Body and not to the need of your cravings while planning your diet.

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Lovely to know about Interminent fasting. Last year I went to a naturotherapy session which I heard first time. There I learned about allowing our body a rest of atleast once in a week. Which help to strengthen our digestive system and also improve our immune system. Since then I dedicate one by day of the week with only fruit fasting. The result is tremendous and help me a lot. Further it also helps in weight loss.

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You can try this out and you will feel the difference. Some of the fruits have high content sugar so I avoid too much of fruit diet and some are high in Carbs so you keep feeling hungry faster. Though fruits are good and healthy I take them in moderation because of the Sugar.

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Indeed ...lately I started to have sabudana avoiding too much fruits ...but a glass of juice is sufficient to keep me running

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Listening to the body might need getting used to as eating pattern is sometimes unpredictable.
Might need to remember that 16:8. Cheers!

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Eating pattern majorly gets disturbed during travelling other wise I feel when we are home and in our day to day routine it is very much set

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I agree when at home...at work can be unpredictable too. But if there's a way and with determination, it should be easier.

Oh. I don't really remember the last time I fast on a stretched for

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It is good to do it once in a while, you will feel the difference

Thank you for providing the info and breaking it down with providing real data. I did try fasting a couple of years ago and when compared to eating only fruit for a day, fasting is much easier :)

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Yes I too feel fasting is easier then following some diet. In that case I have more cravings of eating other variety of food which otherwise I would not even look at

Intermittent fasting is a bit of a diet buzz at the moment, isn't it? I've not done it personally, but then I've never eaten past 8 pm really, with brekky about 8, so that works for me. I can see it'd give the body a rest and time to process and digest!

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Yes it is, but people who are shifting from the heavy eating plan are finding very good results with it. They say they are feeling very good and light with their body with this kind of eating plan. I have been following this since may be 20 years so I am now in that cycle, but whenever I travel I do not follow it and I can feel the difference.

Intermittent fasting seems to be my default setting - I can go for a day or two with no or very little food without a second thought. And it has been incredible for my healing and health. I especially liked the bit about our bodies sometimes sending false signals - it's sooo important not to react to every twinge and to simply FEEL the real essence and mood of the body and what it needs.

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Same here, it is a default setting for me too. I started with this practice almost 20 years back. My body was throwing out any thing additional, If I would eat heavy for a couple of days I could feel the bloating in my body and then I would end up with a bad stomach. So then I had to change my whole eating pattern and the lighter the meals I would feel healthy

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I love how many people here use intermittent fasting. I’ve been doing it for about 5 years now and it’s such a life changing style. I do have my days where I cheat on that but those are not many thankfully. Great post!

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Yes, I have seen overall it is a very good practice and gives god health results if done in a balance manner.

My brother after having a heart condition had gone into diet and intermittent fasting @nainaztengra
It is quite a good technique for a good health because fasting intermittently will allow the body to have a rest in-between meals especially the pancreas and the liver.

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That's true, it really does help in a lot of way. You also feel very active when you eat light

Nice... I had wondered about giving fasting a try, and it sounds like pretty much my regular dietary habits. I eat heavily before bed, a little something around Noon the next day, and snack on nuts the rest of the time. Not perfect, but perfect is a limitation, in my eyes.

What about liquids, though? Is plain water the primary source of hydration, or can we work in some tea and perhaps beer as well. I'm autistic, and an oral fixation is quite common among the neurodivergent. In my case it's liquids... Three gallons a day, usually.

Great post! <3

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Water or Green Tea is good in this plan but a milk tea is not because again in that there is lactose and Sugar. But I say it is not required that you should very strictly follow this plan, you can also make some exceptions like for a cup of tea. I recommend this diet mostly for people with weight problems.
Water is perfectly ok at anytime of the day.

I end up intermittent fasting by mistake mostly, getting too involved in work and forget to eat and then end up just having one big meal at the end of the day.

I never really got into eating breakfast, even though I know it's supposed to be the most important meal of the day - but some how eating when I wake up doesn't appeal - and I have so many things to do before leaving for work there is often no time for anything other then a quick coffee.

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And I am sure you are in a much healthier state then people who have multiple meals in a day. Since years I have a habit of having a heavy dinner and then straight a light lunch, I never realized I was doing anything like intermittent fasting until my son told me one day and then I could really compare my health benefits to my way of eating with people who had eating habits of multiple meals a day. I definitely feel it helps a lot

I've been following the intermittent fasting for a week now and so far not missed the 16:8 fasting and eating windows... I personally believe that this eating habit will work out for me. Thanks for the info!

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