Fasting is nothing new. In fact, it goes back thousands of years with both Plato and Hippocrates said to sing the praises of the health benefits. It’s also a common technique used by people of various religions because it is well known for helping clear the body and mind.
Recently, Intermittent Fasting (known as IF) has become very popular for health, longevity and weight loss benefits, and there is substantial scientific evidence to confirm its positive effects.
In the Western world we tend to eat three meals daily and many of us believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s become accepted by many that you have to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner, even if it doesn’t always work with our bodies, lifestyles or schedules. Significantly, the “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” myth was born from very persuasive marketing by the cereal industry.
Also, there exists limited evidence that suggests that eating three meals daily is good for your health, weight loss and longevity. In fact, studies have indicated that it is this common behaviour (combined with snacking) that might even be to blame for the obesity and Type 2 Diabetes epidemics.
However, the benefits of IF have been proven and here’s what we know from recent research:
Why is IF good for you?
Our ancestors didn’t have constant food available to them like most of us do today. Nor did they have as many foods to choose from and certainly no processed or junk foods.
Our bodies are designed for intermittent periods of fasting, and IF is becoming more popular in the medical world since fasting helps to reduce insulin levels, which is an excess of the hormone, insulin, and can lead to obesity. Also, high insulin levels generate inflammation. Thus, reduction of insulin and subsequently inflammation is one of the main reasons as to why IF is beneficial for health and weight loss.
So you can see that reducing your insulin levels is very good for your body. It takes 12 hours of not eating for the body to rid of all the glycogen (excess, stored sugar) in the liver. When we sleep we don’t eat, thus, we are fasting - a 12-16 hour fast is simple, easy and a NATURAL way to reduce insulin! Try it and you’ll reap the benefits.