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How To Start Intermittent Fasting & Why It’s Better Than Any Diet

By: Ajableu Oldham

I recently picked up a copy of The Complete Guide To Fasting by Dr. Jason Fung, which explains the amazing benefits of intermittent fasting.

In the book, he explains that the human body isn’t built to eat a consistent supply of food all the time. Our ancestors often went for several days, if not weeks, eating infrequently, and our bodies adapted.

When practiced correctly and for an appropriate amount of time, intermittent fasting can lead to amazing benefits. 

In one study, overweight adults who cut calories by 20% every other day dropped 8% of their body weight within eight weeks. They also had less inflammation. Also, some studies, but not all, show improvement in the body’s use of insulin.

How To Start Intermittent Fasting

It’s easy to integrate intermittent fasting into your life. 

Take it slow: try it for just two or three days per few weeks, and over the course of a month.

In The Complete Guide To Fasting , Jimmy Moore explains his approach:

Have a full breakfast at 9 a.m. and then a full lunch at 2 p.m., and then drink only water until breakfast. Or, have a low-carb high protein lunch at noon and another meal at 5:30 p.m., and drink only water until the following day.

Take it easy, don’t overwork yourself with strenuous exercise. If you have medical conditions, talk with your doctor before you try intermittent fasting.

Also, it’s extremely important to note that intermittent fasting is not recommended for children, pregnant women, people with eating disorders, and some people with diabetes.

Why Fasting Is Not Starving Yourself

Fasting is not starvation.

When you’re fasting, but you become terribly hungry, just eat some celery or soup or even break your fast. You have complete control. However, by wrestling with your hunger pains, you may come to the realization that your hungry is really a habit or perhaps an impulse, not a true cry for energy.

It’s no surprise that cultures around the world have integrated fasting for religious or customary purposes. For instance, in the Muslim religion, Ramadan is marked by a time of required fasting during daylight hours. Similarly, devoted Christians and Catholics observe a 40-day fasting period during Lent, a spring period of penitence before Palm Sunday and Easter.

Whether or not you’re religious, it’s fair to say that fasting is one of humanity’s oldest purifying and cleansing rituals.

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