The intermittent fasting diet is increasingly popular as a way of improving health, losing weight, or just simplifying your day-to-day life.
The three different methods for going about intermittent fasting include:
- The 16/8 method, which entails limiting calorie intake within an eight hour period, and fasting for the 16 hours in between. For example, eating between 13:00-19:00, the method involves skipping breakfast.
- The ‘Eat-Stop-Eat’ method, purely involving fasting for 24 hours between once and twice a week.
- The 5:2 diet ~ most popular ~, involving consuming between 500 and 600 calories on two days non-consecutively in a week, whilst consuming regular calorie intake the other five days.
Adopting one of these diets can have a multitude of health benefits, and doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to the food you love! For example, during a period of consuming calories, you could easily enjoy a yummy Sativa Shake, a 30g serving providing around 100 calories.
It is important to remember not to over-consume in periods of ‘normal’ consumption, else the positive impacts will be less obvious.
Interestingly, this diet in fact has ancient roots, dating back to hunter-gatherers who may have struggled to find food all year-round. Therefore, it is an evolutionary trait that humans can survive without food for periods of time.
Other benefits include increasing metabolism, by adjusting levels of hormones, as well increasing insulin sensitivity, both of which make stored body fat easier to access. Cells also are able to digest better as they repair during fasting. It is estimated short-term fasting increases metabolism by 3.6-14%.