Incorporating fasting can improve your health regime and help detoxing your body.We are not here to discuss ‘dieting’ or how you can ‘starve your way to health’ but how these simple methods will provide a way to harness your health without having to modify your lifestyle as much.
Time restricted eating:
Part 1. When do we eat?
Itmeans that calorie intake is restricted only to certain hours of the dayi.e. abstaining from food anywhere between 10 to 12 hours.
Our digestive system works throughout the day and it starts with our first intake of food. The time we do not consume any food, our system goes into self-maintenance. If you now, gulp any food, you disrupt the maintenance period.
So, when you eat is as important as what you eat. Time restricted eating enhances your metabolism, andreduces obesity.
Calorie restricted diet:
Part 2. How much do we eat?
Also known as intermittent fasting, this type helps you reap the benefits of fasting by having smaller meals throughout the day rather than the conventional 3 big meals per day. Stick to fruits, vegetables, lean protein and healthy fats and limit at maximum, to 800-1000 calories per day. Chooseyour food wisely and have a more healthy and balanced diet.
Low calorie diet helps in weight loss and thereby prevents chronic diseases, lowers the degeneration of brain with age, increases longevity, improves reproductive performance, increases your enthusiasm for exercise. Low calorie equals a high-quality life!
Choosing to take your calories during specific days of the week and fasting, cleansing and renewing you body during the rest is what Periodic Fasting is.A guided low-calorie diet should be preferred for at least 3 days a week. Similar to refurbishing a building, the damaged cells in out body destroy themselves during the period of fasting and rebuild themselves with new fresh and functional cells.
The cells deplete the existing glucose in the form of energy from our food and begin ketogenesis i.e. consuming ketones from our fats. Once you return to your normal diet, the cells receive glucose again and rejuvenate.
Periodic fasting aids weight loss and helps preventing some aging diseases.
Part 3. How to fast?
- Decide the type of fasting you want to undergo by considering your pre-set goals for fasting.
- Have a clear perspective of what you are going to eat. This is particularly important if you decide to take up the‘calorie restricted fasting’.
- Don’t ignore the signs of your body. If you are not used to fasting, the process might take some time to get used to. For example, if you decide to go for the time restricted fasting, try to start by setting a calorie free frame of about 8 hours.
- If a particular fasting does not work for you, try out the other two. You can explore more by shuffling them from time to time.
These are easy and effective ways to have a ‘low-calorie diet’ rather than a ‘very low calorie diet’.
Incorporating these fasting methods, in your eating habits should be however, first discussed with your doctor,specially if you have some ongoing health concerns. The above-mentioned methods need to be moderated carefully.