Fasting has been a practice conducted for thousands of years. Not only has it been practiced for spiritual reasons, fasting has been a remedy for emotional and physical ailments. In modern society, it seems absurd to step away from food. After all, won’t you – like – starve? Short answer is no. The human body can actually survive without food for up to 2 to 3 weeks. You can’t last without water nearly as long, clocking in at 3 days. So, in short you will not starve fasting. On the contrary, you can actually improve your health.
According to research studies published, your body’s fat burning ability reaches its maximum height after 12 to 14 hours of fasting. Your body burns the stored fat after this period of time due to the glycogen in your body. Glycogen is a substance deposited in bodily tissues as a container of carbohydrates. It’s a great source of energy for strenuous activity.
One of the downsides of dieting is losing the precious muscle you expended performing countless curls at the gym. When your body is losing muscle and fat, it’s time to turn to intermittent fasting. Studies show that intermittent fasting can actually aid you in retaining muscle mass as you diet.
It’s easy to get started:
1. Pick your feeding window:
Rather than eat breakfast right when you wake up, lunch around noon, and dinner in the evening – settle for two meals and snacks in a certain time frame that works for you. It can be from noon to 6 PM, that would create a 6-hour window.
2. Remain consistent:
Intermittent fasting takes due diligence. You will not see results immediately, unless you are consistent with your window time frame, eating healthy, and exercising you will not change your physical appearance.
It’s not for everyone, but you could see the results you’d like with this age old method.