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What is intermittent fasting? Why you need to start doing it?

What is intermittent fasting? Why you need to start doing it?

Intermittent fasting is currently one of the world’s most popular health and fitness trends.

It is not a complicated fasting process, rather one needs to alternate between eating and fasting.
Intermediate fasting improves metabolism, aids in proper intake of nutrition from our diet and helps in weight loss.

Intermediate fasting is a pattern in which you train your mind to function. Through this you can control your circadian rhythm.

When we sleep we are already fasting. This fasting is continued till noon, where you eat your first meal.

You then have the last meal of your day at around 8 pm.

This is called the 16/8 method and perhaps the most popular method of intermittent fasting. In this method you are fasting for around 16 hours and eating window is 8 hours.

No food is allowed after waking up, but tea, coffee, water and other non caloric beverages are allowed.

One can have nutritional supplements during this time but care should be taken that these supplements should not have any calories.

This 16/8 was popularized by Martin Burkman and it continues to govern all other fasting methods.

Other method includes fasting for 24 hours straight. One can consume beverages and in some instances fruits with limited calorific value.

But this method for some individuals can prove difficult.

The 5:2 diet is another such method where for two days in a week you consume calories lower than 500.

Intermittent fasting helps optimize hormones related to fat loss and in some instances the number of fat burning hormones also increase. It also helps in complete digestion of the food that is consumed. Our metabolism is boosted by about 20%.

Intermittent fasting is not a diet, it’s a pattern of eating. It’s a way of scheduling your meals so that you get the most out of them. Intermittent fasting doesn’t change what you eat, it changes when you eat.

People harbour many kinds of misconception about intermittent fasting but truth be told, intermittent fasting has overall health benefits.

Dr. Nisha Kumar

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