Have you ever heard of those people that live off very low calorie diets? There are certain people that voluntarily live off extremely restricted caloric intakes because they believe that there are many health benefits associated with it. You know what...there are.
Studies both on rats and chimps have proven that by living off far fewer calories than the typical North American diet, can prolong the lifespan of the restricted group substantially. Scientists' would take two groups, mice and/or chimps, one group would eat a normal diet and the other would eat a normal diet but much less of it. The group which ate a reduced calorie diet consistently outlived the "normal" group. The occurrence of disease, sickness, and many other negative health factors were reduced. This group also lived significantly longer than the "normal" group.
Here is the kicker...although the group that ate the restricted diet lived longer, their quality of life was far worse! I mean imagine if you had to live off half the food you eat now. Yeah maybe you could live to be 120 years old but no more adventures for you. No more training, no more surfing, no more hiking, no more living!
So how do we enjoy the health benefits of living off a reduced calorie diet but still have all spunk to go out and attack each day with boundless energy?
Enter intermittent fasting (IF)...
Here is a list of just some of the benefits associated with IF!
- improved insulin sensitivity
- increased fat burning
- better appetite control
- reduced inflammation and oxidative stress
- increased metabolism
- has similar benefits to exercise
- reduced instance of certain diseases
A few things to consider when considering incorporating IF into your diet.
1) It does not make up for a poor food choices.
2) Skipping breakfast may cause you to eat more during the day (especially without a plan).
3) It is not a substitute for exercise.
Consider some individuals for a moment. There are many out there that do not eat breakfast. They are overweight and by no means healthy. So what gives? Aren't they intermittent fasting everyday by skipping breakfast? While the answer is yes, the absolute biggest priority when it comes to both fat loss and increased health is a healthy diet! Plain and simple!
IF is something that you should experiment with (if you want to) only after you have a good eating and exercise plan in place!
Is it for everyone? NO! Are there many benefits associated with it? YES!
If IF is something you want to incorporate into your life go for it. I have and absolutely love it. Fat loss is easier, I have more energy, I staying lean almost appears to be a breeze (enter disclaimer...I already have a good diet and training plan in place).
If you do want to give IF a go but do not know where to start don't worry. I will be covering all the various methods of IF shorting in intermittent fasting 102. You will learn the more popular techniques and the various benefits associated with each one!
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