Updated: Jun 13
It's something you heard, some folks may ask is it for me, does it work, how it works?
Basically it focuses on giving up on food (not on yourself), keeping yourself off from food for a certain period of time: the most common one eating for eight hours and fasting for 16, so it works in the cycle when you eat and stay of food prolonged period of time.
Is it for everybody?
Like there is no magic pill for all diseases so the same applies to intermittent fasting: children, teens, a woman who is pregnant or breastfeeding, people who have medical conditions like diabetes or blood sugar problems, or some other food disorder disease should stay away from it.
But for most people, it works very well, cause it does a lot more than just burn fat. When a metabolic switch occurs it affects your body, brain, and whole immune system.
After eight hours without food, your blood sugar begins to fall, and you experience fatigue, trouble concentrating, food cravings that is why you always run looking for some sweet treat or junk food.
This is where a lot of people fail, cause you can't get enough of that sweet treat, but if you can manage to pass this phase without food, your body will begin to use glycogen stores, and your glucose levels stabilizes.
By the twelve-hour, your body stops relying on carbohydrates for energy and starts burning your body's fat instead. So after sixteen-hour without food, you should be in full ketosis by liver converting fat stores into ketone bodies to keep you going.
What also does ketones- it suppresses your appetite, and your hunger declines.
anti-aging or anti-inflammatory benefits :
After twenty-four hours of fasting, your body goes into repair mode and turns on autophagy, a process that reduces inflammation when old and damaged cells are destroyed and replaced with new ones.
However, as you age autophagy declines, so fasting is a great way to trigger that process, which helps to combat age-related diseases.
What you need to know:
Choose a fasting window: if you are doing 16 hours fast pick a time when is your last meal, would it be 9 'clock pm or any other, and don't break your fast until 3 pm the next day.
Stay hydrated: make sure you drink enough water with electrolytes by adding sea salt to your water.
Zero calories: during your fasting window no calories are allowed in beverages. Anything with calories will waste your hard work.