Intermittent fasting is a lifestyle that incorporates periods of “fasting” into your daily eating pattern.
Basically, your daily caloric intake will take place in a particular time frame throughout the day or what's referred to as the “feeding phase.”
When that time frame is reached or closed, no more calories are consumed and you will enter the “fasting” phase.
This is not a crash diet; this is a long term healthy lifestyle choice. There are several methods or variations within Intermittent Fasting, they vary most on personal preference and lifestyle.
This is one of it's most appealing attributes, this is what makes it special, anyone can do, everyone can make it work. In short it's simple, realistic and conducive for every day life.
One of the more common approaches, and a great starting point when entering the world of Intermittent Fasting, is the - 16/8 fasting-to-feeding method which would require a 16 hour fast followed by an 8 hour feeding window, typically 5-7 days a week.
Another popular approach is the 5/2 method. This would require eating 500 calories or less on 2 non consecutive day, then eating within a normal caloric range on the remaining five.
Intermittent Fasting requires minimal amounts of change or disruption to everyday life; in fact it simplifies things quite a bit, yet it has the ability to massively improve overall health and well being.
As of late, “IF” is quickly becoming recognized within the medical community for its ability to lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and stabilize blood sugar as well as its anti-aging and anti-tumor, cancer fighting properties.
The biological effect that Intermittent Fasting has on the body is truly phenomenal. Yoshinori Ohsumi, a Japanese scientist, was awarded the Nobel Prize in October of 2016 for scientifically substantiating that fasting is beneficial to your health, leads to anti-aging, causes rapid fat loss and most importantly initiates a process in the body called "Autophagy."
Nutrient deprivation or fasting initiates a natural cellular response known as Autophagy, which is derived from the Greek words “auto,” meaning self and “phagy,” meaning eating, literally self eating.
This is the body’s way of cleaning house, eating up diseased, dead and worn out cells and using the energy to create new ones.
During the fasting phase, many cells die and stem cells turn on, which initiates the regeneration process producing new, younger looking cells. It sounds too good to be true but it’s not!
Ultimately this process has a strong anti-inflammatory effect throughout every cell in the body, specifically in the brain and heart helping to minimize the potential for degenerative brain disease and cardiovascular disease.