There is a good reason why intermittent fasting has become one of the most popular issues all over the internet for the past 2-3 years.
Niraj Naik, who runs a blog called The Renegade Pharmacist, outlined various health benefits that fasting can have on our body. Scientists call this intermittent fasting, where you eat healthy in an 7-8 hour time window and then fast for the rest of the time. For an example, you eat from 12 o’clock in the afternoon till 20:00 and fast for the next 16 hours, meaning you don’t eat or drink anything that has a nutritional value, until the next day in 12:00 o’clock. You can of course drink water or tea if you prefer.
Furthermore, recent research has shown that fasting protects and regenerates the immune system and shifts stem-cells from a dormant state to a state of self renewal.
Fasting is also used as a way to cure cancer and other deadly diseases as it triggers the production of some of the most powerful anti-oxidants in our body.
Having a 16 hour time frame of not eating can also help us reduce weight fast and safe!
What happens when you don’t eat for 16 hours?
First of all, try eating healthy during the 8 hour time frame. Fruits, vegetables, seeds, lean protein, fish and so on. However, if you had some junk food, don’t give up either. Do the fast anyway, as it WILL give positive results either way.
During the fast, try not to binge on anything, not even a fruit or a veggie as fiber is what makes us crave food and what boosts our appetites, and fruits and vegetables are loaded with it. Not only will you still be hungry but you will crave food even more than before. So just try not to eat anything for the period of 16 hours. The first time is the toughest, but it gets easier over time!
How often can you do it?
Doctors recommend doing it at least once a month as a body-cleansing ritual, but it can also be done twice or even three times a week. There are some people who live like this, as it doesn’t harm our health, quite the contrary. It just takes some time getting used to!