Currently one of the "diets" that has become more fashionable is intermittent fasting. It has become really popular and many people recognize that it is the ultimate method of regulating your weight. But is that true? What are its benefits? What dangers are hidden?
What is intermittent fasting
As is well understood by its name, this technique consists of passing fasting intervals and intervals in which you should eat. There are different methods to do it, but the best known is called 8/16, in which you can eat for 8 hours and fast for 16. If we think about it, fasting in this way is simple if we count the hours of dream. Taking into account that we can have dinner at 8:00 p.m., we must count the hours we spend asleep and, for example, skip breakfast and make our first meal at noon.
It is true that when we fast, our body notices it. Basically, when we spend hours fasting we allow the body to use stored energy, which causes it to burn excess body fat. So if you don't eat, the body will continue to feed on its own fat for the energy it needs.
Insulin sensitivity is also improved, since when we eat, its levels increase, and when we do not, the level of insulin falls. Blood glucose drops and the body ends up consuming glucose from its store to burn it.
So if we had to list the benefits of fasting they would be:
- Loss of weight and body fat
- Decrease in blood sugar levels
- Activation of cell cleaning
Tips to get started
- During fasting it is allowed to drink calorie-free beverages, so we recommend drinking water, unsweetened tea, black coffee… This way you won't go hungry for long periods.
- Go slowly, don't force yourself to fast. Let your body get used to it.
- Rest is very important, listen to your body and give it the rest it deserves.
- Consult with your doctor or nutritionist your desire to start fasting before doing it, they will tell you if it is advisable in your case and they will give you guidelines to be able to do it.
Lastly, we want to say that intermittent fasting is not for everyone. Remember to eat healthy and that fasting is simply a tool to use once in a while, it is not about stopping eating!