Intermittent fasting is one of the many fasting methods that result in a myriad of health benefits. Research shows that IF is the least complex type of fasting with easy to follow eating patterns. That is why over the recent past it has grown in popularity.
Intermittent fasting is a diet regimen which cycles between brief periods of eating and long periods of not eating. During a fast, you can drink zero-calorie beverages. The main aim of intermittent fasting is to keep your insulin levels low so that your body can start burning fat for energy. As a result, you’ll have a healthy body due to lower cholesterol levels and reduced fat mass. Additionally, the human growth hormone (HGH) will increase in your body leading to increased cell growth, neurogenesis, and increased muscle mass.
Tips for effective intermittent fasting
- Keep fasting periods short if you are a newbie
No matter what benefits this diet has on your health, it is important to keep fasting periods short so that you don’t overstretch yourself. The best and common schedules to follow include the 5/2 schedule, eat-stop-eat plan, and the 16/8 pattern.
2. Hydrate especially in the morning
Some people feel so hungry in the morning. If you are one of them, a little trick is to take black coffee. Coffee is known to kill appetite and improve your focus. Drink water until you feel full. Taking herbal teas can also help curb appetite. Ensure all these drinks are free of calories.
3. Keep busy during your fast
When you are busy, it’s easy for you to keep your mind off food. Therefore, it can be a creative idea to arrange your fasting schedule at the time when you are at work rather than when you are idle. Alternatively, you can schedule your fast to your sleeping hours.
Intermittent fasting has numerous benefits; nonetheless as a rule of thumb, always watch what you eat. For better results, avoid junk food and stick to healthy meals which are nutritious and contain low calories.