Millennial therapy recognized throughout the world in many traditional medicines for its therapeutic virtues, fasting is more and more about him. One of the best ways to purify the body and mind, fasting was long forgotten but returned to the agenda. But let me talk more specifically about the benefits of intermittent fasting.
1. What is it?
Intermittent fasting is half-fasting. Unlike traditional fasting, which consists of abstaining from eating whole days, intermittent fasting alternates periods of fasting and periods of food intake during a single day.
It is possible to cut the day according to a certain ratio: – 16 hours of fasting / 8 hours of food
– 17 hours of fasting / 7 hours of food intake,
Know that the longer the period of fasting, the more intermittent fasting will be effective.
Concretely, for a report 16h / 8h, I stop eating at 20h and the next day I do not eat before noon. I organize my meals between 12h and 20h, I stop again at 20h and so on. In summary, intermittent fasting consists of not eating solid food during the morning and waiting around noon for the first meal.
2. Why is it difficult not to eat in the morning?
Although intermittent fasting is easier than traditional fasting and safe for health, it is not a health hike. It is indeed very disturbing not to eat in the morning, especially if you are used to it.
When you wake up, you have a stomach that can be painful, grunting, which is often associated with a sign of hunger. In reality, it is a sign that the body is in the process of elimination. The feelings of elimination are not pleasant to live but it is important to wait to clean the body thoroughly. If we eat, we stop the elimination and a new digestion starts. This is why it is best to wait until the end of the elimination. This is the main purpose of intermittent fasting.
After a few days of intermittent fasting, the stomach grunts will stop and you will be able to do without breakfast easily. This has been my personal experience and the majority of us have to go through these few days of hardship before taking advantage of it. But I advise you to take these sensations positively, by telling you that your body is cleaning itself so it is an evil for a good.
Discover also: I want to try fasting: How to fast?
3. Eat when you wake up: is it really a good habit?
Is eating right after waking really natural for humans? Is it physiologically programmed to eat right after getting up? Our ancestors were not used to having food at hand, the means of conservation of our modern world did not exist at the time. They had to gather plants or go hunting to get food. That’s how they fed later in the morning.
Physiologically, the elimination cycle lasts between 5 am and 10 am on average. Therefore, we should avoid eating during this time. Our body has been genetically programmed to work under this diet model. This is why intermittent fasting allows us to eat more properly according to our physiological needs during the day.
Breakfast came much later in our lives and was considered the most important meal of the day. Nothing better than a chocolate bun with a cup of coffee to replenish your energy and make yourself productive at work.
However, physiologically, this meal is not essential and especially if it consists of croissant, chocolate bread and toast with butter and jam. Obviously nothing prevents to take the typical French breakfast a few times in the week as long as it is not daily.
4. Intermittent fasting: an ally of health.
More and more studies are coming out every day to show the incredible benefits of intermittent fasting. It is one of the most effective therapies for preventing and treating many health conditions.
Here is a non-exhaustive list of the benefits of the benefits that can be expected from intermittent fasting:
- – Losing weight
- – Regulate satiety (the desire to eat)
- – Improves intellectual faculties
- – Alkalize the body and re-balance the body pH
- – Prevents the risks of type 2 diabetes
- – Prevents the risks of cardiovascular diseases
- – Prevents bad cholesterol
- – Extends the service life
- etc … 5. Why is intermittent fasting so effective?
When fasting, the body is in cleaning mode. When you do not eat, the energy you save because digestion uses 50% of the total body energy on average, this energy will be used to cleanse the body. Behind the cleaning of which I speak hides the principle of homeostasis proper to any human organism.
“Any system left to itself in the absence of external disturbance spontaneously returns after a certain time to its equilibrium state through multiple regulatory processes.”
Concretely, when we do not digest a meal, our body mobilizes its energy to clean and heal itself naturally. It is a free and accessible way at any time and for everyone. Homeostasis is regenerative of the body, which is why intermittent fasting can be done in the short, medium or long term.
I have personally practiced intermittent fasting for several consecutive months and the general effect is a feeling of increased well-being, without illness (even in winter) and a constantly growing vitality.
Any important fast, whether full or partial (with daily caloric intake less than 300 kcal), should only be performed within a medical facility to avoid the occurrence of serious adverse effects. To date, no medical facility offers this type of practice in France.
Regarding the practice of fasting under medical supervision, there are currently no scientific studies sufficiently numerous and rigorous to conclude as to its therapeutic or preventive effectiveness .
My name is Adrien Lamacchia, after having gone some way towards health because often sick until the age of 22, I became aware of certain dangers and adopted several habits combining health, well-being and vitality that I now share on my website: