By Cathy Smith
Who enjoys being hungry? Almost no one. Waiting for a certain hour to eat can be a mental challenge, gut gnawing at your nerves, it can induce a mild panic. We love comfort and to nibble.
However, our bodies can make great use of a break from eating. And regular breaks can keep those benefits going indefinitely.
My interest in intermittent fasting (IF) started a couple years ago. Rather than jump in alone, a friend and I started together. The buddy nudge got us each motivated -- a good way to go! Checking in and navigating the trouble spots with a partner reinforced our continued success.
Yes, the health benefits of IF are remarkable, and the feeling of euphoria that sets in after awhile is well worth the gnaw. Here are some key benefits:
Cellular repair, cells digest old proteins and built-up waste material
Insulin levels drop, making stored fat more accessible and weight loss easier
Levels of human growth hormone increase. More muscles and less fat
Longevity and protection from disease
Sound good? There are three ways to get there, it may take experimenting to find what fits for you. Any non caloric beverages are allowed while fasting.
16/8 This means eating for an 8 hour window and fasting for 16. For example, eat between11-7pm and then fast until the next day
Once a week day eat only dinner, fast until the next day until dinner. That’s a 23 hour fast.
Twice a week, on non consecutive days, eat between 500 and 600 calories. Eat normally the other 5 days
Fasting will also save you time and money. Bonus! Getting past the initial barrier is the tricky part. Once that’s done and you get into the rhythm you get those great benefits.