I don’t believe in living on diets, but on developing healthy habits and maintaining them. This includes eating whatever ‘bad’ food you have a weakness for, from time to time. Anyway, this post is not on my eating habits in general, but only one of them namely intermitted fasting. I actually started intermitted fasting by curiosity, but have since then experienced a lot of benefits attached to it, that I would like to share with you in this post.
What is Intermitted Fasting?
In simple words, intermitted fasting is fasting in intervals. Either by skipping one meal in a day, or fasting on certain full days of the week. There’s a lot of scientific backgrounds, that I’m not gonna get into – but if you’re interested you can read more here. The basic idea is that the digestive system and body is given a break and that you at the same time take in fewer calories. My confirmation of its validity comes more in the fact that it has been done for centuries in India, than the high amount of hype that is being made around it lately. So, I chose only to look at the benefits I myself have experienced and how it makes me feel. For a better understanding, I don’t eat lunch, meaning I only eat breakfast and dinner. The following is what has happened since I started this practice.
It makes you less hungry
I wanted to write this first, to ensure that you’ll keep reading! I admit there’s an adjustment period, but it can be managed by slowly easing into it. You can start by eating a smaller meal during your fasting time, and then work yourself down to just having a snack and then nothing. A great way to ease into it is to prepare chia seeds in water, with for example fresh berries and cinnamon, that you can drink through the day. Chia seeds keep you feeling full, and is loaded with nutrients.
It gives you more time
We spend a lot of time every day either preparing food or eating food. For some either is a recreational activity and for others a hassle that just needs to get over with. No matter how you feel about cooking or meal time, cutting down on one meal a day frees up time to spend on something else. This could, for example, be used to get in some exercise or put extra effort into your two other meals.
It allows you to eat better
Since you only have to cook two meals in a day, there’s more money and time to spend on them. I use the extra money I save to buy better quality foods, but also to treat myself to going out to eat or making something special at home. I think it’s important to note that when you only eat two meals and don’t snack in-between, these meals need to count. Both so that you won’t get hungry during the day, but most of all so that you’ll get all the nutrients you need to be healthy.
It makes you lose weight
I’m sure there are combined reasons for this. Even if you eat to your hearts desire during two meals, one can only ever eat so much in one go so you will be taking in fewer calories altogether. Additionally intermitted fasting lets the body enter into what’s known as a fat-burning state (which only happens 12 hours after a meal), as well as to increase the metabolism.
This is all I’ve noticed till now, but maybe in time, I will make a follow-up post after exploring it some more. Feel free to comment below with questions or your own experiences!
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