Don’t let the word fasting scare you! I promise, you can still eat! Intermittent fasting is simply fasting for anywhere between 12-15 hours within a 24 hour time period! For example, do not eat from 7 PM - 7 AM. This is something that is very achievable considering you will be sleeping most of that time anyway!
Fasting can help with many different things including reductions in your weight, improvements in cardiovascular and metabolic variables, such as fat mass, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides (don’t worry - you don’t need to know all of the technical details). The reason fasting works is because 12 hours after your last meal, the body begins to metabolize fatty acids and ketones as the primary food source. This results in decreased insulin and reduced levels of inflammatory proteins and other molecules associated with oxidative stress. Fasting will also reduce the resting heart rate and blood pressure.
Over the fasting period the fat cells undergo lipolysis and reduced inflammation. This means the body will burn fat more efficiently. The intestines will also take up less space which will leave you feeling lighter and leaner!
Fasting also helps the brain. While fasting, the brain will increase neurotrophic factors, improving cognitive function, while also being able to function well under stress, causing an increase in stress resistance. With a higher resistance to stress and higher cognitive function your overall brain function will be noticeably better.
I know fasting seems incredibly daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! By simply choosing not to eat anything after dinner until breakfast, you are giving your body time to burn whatever is not necessary which will allow you to function at a higher level.