By Mira Fayo
Fasting 16 hours a day might sound hard at first, but when we understand the miracles our bodies are capable of during this period, we will gladly give up between meal snacks.
"all you have to do is replace old habits for a new, healthy rhythm."
There is a whole host of positive effects that come with daily short-term fasting - more energy, inner balance, weight loss, detoxification, healing and cell regeneration, just to name a few. There are absolutely no disadvantages – all you have to do is replace old habits for a new, healthy rhythm. After a few days it becomes the norm and by then we can already observe and feel the first positive changes in our body. By the way, we are genetically programmed to go on extended periods of fasting, during which time our body goes into high gear, imbuing us with energy and creativity. The most popular form of intermittent fasting is the 16:8: fast 16 hours and eat for eight. During these eight hours, you can eat up to three meals. If you’re interested in losing some weight, cut this to two meals. You might decide to eat from 9am to 5pm or from 12pm to 8pm.
Intermittent fasting is not just a diet plan – the new daily rhythm teaches us to abstain from food so that the body can induce healing and bring on positive and lasting changes. Isn't that great news? Here's what happens in the body during the 16 hours of fasting:
Glucose and fat stores are mobilized for energy production, causing rapid and sustainable weight loss.
Internal self-cleaning and cell repair = body’s automatic anti-aging mechanism. (Cell biologist Yoshinori Ohsum received the Nobel Prize in 2016 for these research results.)
The body first converts glucose stores into energy and later mobilizes fat cells for the same purpose, and finally recycles damaged cells - 16 hours of fasting is ideal for this.
4. Insulin levels
Because insulin levels are consistently low during fasting periods, the risk of type 2 diabetes decreases.
Low blood sugar and insulin levels cause the body to produce fewer inflammatory agents, which can significantly mitigate autoimmune and inflammatory skin conditions.
6. Gastrointestinal tract
The intestines, given a break from digesting food, begin to rid the gut of harmful bacteria = less bloating and more healthy bowel movements.
7. Cholesterol levels
Decrease and with it the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.
8. Growth hormones
Are released more, which is good for muscle maintenance and the general building process in the body.
9. Fatty liver
Fasting gives the liver time to break down excess fat.
Clearer mind - more energy is available for thinking when our digestive tract is given a break.
With all this good news, it’s no wonder so many people are giving intermittent fasting a try. If you decide to give it a go, start gently by fasting for 12 hours first and work your way up. Take it one step at a time. For a quick and easy start with healthy inspiration, we have put together an intermittent recipe bundle on our APP.
"Intermittent fasting allows us to make lasting and positive changes to our health"