One of the perks of being Egyptian is the endless advice we get from older generations about diet, lifestyle, fashion and pretty much all corners of life. No matter how many years have passed or how much research has been done some myths have stood the test of time and keep getting told over and over again. “Don’t diet, just stop eating after 7 pm and you’ll lose all the weight you want!”
How many times have you heard someone claiming the way to lose weight is by skipping dinner? Or better yet, by skipping breakfast? Too many. How many times have you been told to stop eating after lunch? Or after a certain time? Too many.
Believe it or not, this specific piece of advice does not fall under the umbrella of “myths our grandparents used to tell us.” Today, all around the world, many health conscious people are practicing just that on a daily basis, except today it isn’t called “stop eating after 7 pm,” it’s known as intermittent fasting.
So, What Is Intermittent Fasting?
We’ve been told that skipping breakfast is bad, so why are people all over the world doing it?
Well, Intermittent fasting is not about skipping meals or refraining from food after sunset. Intermittent fasting is a way to schedule your meals and when you eat them for several health benefits. There are several ways in which someone can practice intermittent fasting;
- Fasting for 16 hours per day, limiting your feeding time to 8 hours
- Fasting for 24 hours once to twice a week
During fasting hours drinking liquids such as water, black coffee and tea are fine.
How Does Intermittent Fasting Work?
To understand why fasting can help your overall health, it’s important to understand the state of the body during a fast and during feeding times.
During feeding, your digestive system is working to digest the food that has entered your body. Insulin levels are elevated and the body is working manly to break down the food.
During fasting, your body is not busy working to digest any food so it is easier for our bodies to burn fat in the state.
The first benefit of intermittent fasting is the fat loss which naturally occurs when you start limiting the number of hours in which you eat.
Intermittent Fasting also helps reduce insulin resistance, which helps lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Intermittent fasting can help lower LDL Cholesterol (the bad type of cholesterol), protecting your heart health.
Fasting can help people with digestive problems to heal as it gives the body a break to properly digest food.