My son recently visited and I couldn't help noticing how healthy he looked. "How are you staying so slim?" I asked him. He told me that he was doing intermittent fasting. He was healthy looking and said that he had lowered his cholesterol by 100.
Of course, I immediately began to research intermittent fasting. I started doing the fast a week and a half ago. I will have to wait until I have done the fast a while before checking my cholesterol. I have lost five pounds though.
1. You can eat what you like
2. You can eat out and not have to count calories.
3. Intermittent fasting reduces insulin resistance.
4. It can reduce inflammation in the body.
5. In studies done on rats, it was shown to delay alzheimer's disease.
6. It appears to help patients on chemotherapy tolerate the treatments.
6. Your brain appears to be healthier during intermittent fasting.
7. It is not as difficult as it sounds. It is easy to follow.
It is simply eating and fasting cycles, but there are various approaches you can use. You drink water even during fast cycles and can drink other non-sweetened drinks.
The first week, I was hungry during the last few hours of my fast. I ignored it and trudged on. The last few days, I have not been hungry and found myself wanting less to eat during the eating cycle.
I have plenty of energy.
I sleep well. I read that some people are not able to sleep well while intermittent fasting.
I am sure there will be much more for me to learn about this subject and I will try to keep you informed. I am truly a beginner at intermittent fasting.
I am not sure how it will turn out after I have fasted for a while. I feel good now.
It seems that it is a good idea to talk to your doctor before you begin intermittent fasting or any change in your eating pattern.
Pay attention to how you feel. If you feel good, then you can continue the fast/eat cycle. If you don't feel good, then you should stop and go to something that works for you. If it will keep my cholesterol low, then I will continue to do this. Once you have done it a few days, it becomes easier.
The above fasting that I was doing was for 16 to 18 hours of fasting daily. I felt good about it.
Then, I talked to my son who told me that it is a good idea to kick off the fast with a few days of 24 hour fasting. So, I decided to backtrack a little and do it. It works like this: You eat a small healthy meal in the morning and then fast (remember to drink water as you like) until they same time the next morning and eat another small meal..... So it is my second morning. I was hungry when I went to bed last night, but when I woke up I was not hungry. I ate a bowl of chia oatmeal with raisins and cream and maple syrup. Now I am on my second day and I feel good. I plan on going from my two day jump start to an 18/6 hour fast/eat schedule. I know that I will be healthier doing this if the information I am reading about IF (intermittent fasting) are true.
The book I am reading is called "The Complete Guide to Fasting" and has comments from many doctors who agree with the plan. If some of you would like to try the fasting also, you can comment about your feelings and results below.
It is almost lunch time now on my second all day fast, and I feel fine. I am not hungry or tired. I truly appreciate any comments you want to add to my quest for a healthy body.
"So why does fasting have such a positive health impact? During the fasting phase, many cells die and stem cells turn on, which starts a regeneration process and gives rise to new, younger cells, study author Valter Longo, PhD, recently explained to Health. “It sounds too good to be true, but it’s not,”
I found the above quote on a page entitled "What is intermittent fasting" (http://www.health.com/nutrition/intermittent-fasting-diet)
Another good site is found at https://jamesclear.com/the-beginners-guide-to-intermittent-fasting
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