In this article, I will discuss how you can get rid of the waste sitting inside of your body. In other words, we can say give your internal, body a bath. Once that happened you can automatically lose your weight, will get clearer skin, greater energy, and much more mental clarity.
Before we move ahead Let’s discuss what happens to your food after it enters your body. Everyone knows first it will go to your stomach where it has broken down, then to your intestines and then it’s finally excreted in the form of waste. But do you think every food take the same amount of time to finish this cycle?
Of course not….
Fruits take 3 hours to digest. 1 hour in the stomach, 1 hour in the small intestine and 1 hour in the large intestine. Vegetables take 6 hours to digest. 2 hours in the stomach, 2 hours in the small intestine and 2 hours in the large intestine. Grains (Wheat, rice, lentils, etc.) take 18 hours to digest. 6 hours in the stomach, 6 hours in the small intestine and 6 hours in the large intestine. So, basically less the water in a substance, harder it is for our body to digest it.
You might have heard this saying “You are what you eat.” true but more importantly, “You are what you ate.” That burger you ate a year ago might still be sitting inside you. So how to take out this waste? In addition, the answer is intermittent fasting.
So, let us dive right into, what is intermittent fasting?
A lot of you might be heard about intermittent fasting. It is tough to pinpoint an exact definition for intermittent fasting because there are so many different ways that you can intermittently fast. It is not a diet, basically, Intermittent fasting is described as eating on a set schedule while fasting or not eating for certain prolonged periods of time.
It is generally considered fine while you are fasting to have water or unsweetened coffee or tea but other than that you really not eating anything while you are fasting. Research on intermittent fasting is huge. There is a lot of research that has been done on all different types of intermittent fasting as well as the different benefits. Will get into the benefits at the end of the article.
In Intermittent, fasting it suggested giving 16-hour break to your stomach every night. For example, if you eat your dinner at 8 PM, eat nothing until 12 noon the next day. At 12 PM, you have your first solid meal of food. What you are basically doing is you are fasting for 16 hours every day and eating 8 hours every day. In the morning before your first meal, you can take easily digestive food like Vegetable juices, coconut water but not fruits juice.
Now, this is much easier fasting than other because in your fasting period most of the time you are sleeping. What hours you want to fast it is up to you. Some people find it difficult not to eat food until 12 pm but find it easy to eat their last food at 6 pm. In this case, you can fast 6 pm to 10 am in the morning.
How will it work?
Through daily 16-hour fasts, your body gets a chance to do a little healing every day. If 16 is difficult do not worry, start with 14 hours and then stretch. Let’s say you have dinner at 8 pm and your first solid meal at 12 pm the next morning. Your dinner if healthy it will probably get digest in 6 hours. So from 8 pm to 2 am your digestion hours are going on. As soon as the healing power is done digesting your food, it starts healing so the next 10 hours will be your healing hours.
This is when it rebuilt tissues, fades away old scars, replaces old, damaged or dead cells in your skin. It dissolves stones in your kidney and gall bladder. Remove extra fat from your cells and regularized your hormones. Your healing power goes into the depth of every organ and pulls out the toxins lying there. It is more important that your dinner should be a light meal.
How to start intermittent fasting for losing weight?
The first one and probably the most popular is a 16:8 fast, which is basically fasting for 16 hours and then eating your full day’s allotment of calories within an 8 hours window. This might look like in general not eating anything after dinner. You have your dinner, then you stop eating, and then you will not eat anything until lunch the next day.
The next one is eating stop eat and what this is basically picking one day of the week when you do at least a 24 hour fast. The easiest way to do this would be to fast from dinner one night until dinner the next night, that would get you 24 hours.
The last one is 5:2 fasting, which is basically eating normally but healthfully 5 days of the week. Either the other two days of the week, what you will do is completely fast or you will eat just a very low amount of calories like 500 calories.
Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
By fasting about 14 to 16 hours a day you will give your body more than enough time to drain your glycogen stores and shift into the fat burning mode. Once your body shifts from burning sugar to burning fat as it is your primary fuel you will find it easy to maintain.
Lowers Blood Sugar And Insulin Levels:
Every time you eat you add sugar to your blood streams and your pancreas produces insulin to deal with it. Intermittent fasting allows yourself time to actually burn the glucose stored in them. This improves insulin sensitivity allowing insulin to do its job.
When you fast you give yourself a break, they go into a mode called auto phases which allows them to do cellular maintenance and repair. During this phase, cells discard unusable proteins and other trash.
Increases Human Growth Hormone:
Fasting greatly increases the amount of HGH (Human Growth Hormone) in your body when you fast this helps you burn fat, gain muscle, maintain optimum fitness and slows the aging process.
Re-calibrate Ghrelin Level:
Ghrelin is the hunger hormone and fasting helps bring it back to normal so that you feel satisfied sooner when you eat.
Fasting also reduces inflammation and damage from free radicals. It improves your brain function. When you fast your brain increases neurotrophic factors which improve cognitive function. Many who fast intermittently describe that they can think more clearly as a result.
Decreases Blood Pressure And Rest Heart Rate:
Regardless of the program, you choose your food choices matter. Healthy fats are essential because intermittent fasting pushes your body to switch over to fat burning mode. Particularly if you begin to feel tired and sluggish it may be a sign that you need to increase the amount of healthy fat in your diet. Your diet should be high in healthy fats, moderate in high-quality protein and also include an unrestricted amount of fresh vegetables.
Note: Intermittent fasting is various aspects of health it may not be ideal for everyone. Especially pregnant women should avoid intermittent fasting and focus on a nutrition diet rich in vitamin and minerals. If you suffer from sugar issues diabetics, thyroid or you recovering from any surgery reconsider intermittent fasting to avoid alterations and important hormones. If you are a child or teenager and you are growing, intermittent fasting is not recommending for you either.
I hope this overview has given you a solid perspective on intermittent fasting so that you can enjoy better health.