Intermittent fasting. (Also, review of the new 16:8 trendy diet)

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Intermittent fasting can reactivate the hunger-satiety mechanism that has disappeared in the modern age of food abundance.

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How to do Intermittent Fasting for Serious Weight Loss

  

Introduction - Intermittent fasting.

Recommended link: Intermittent fasting (Wikipedia)

Intermittent fasting is highly recommended for everyone, but especially for chronic patients. Intermittent fasting is an incredible tool for slowing the metabolism. When the digestive system rests, the body can initiate tissue rehabilitation. The benefits of intermittent fasting are far beyond slimming.

What are the two types of intermittent fasting?

  1. The more familiar and comfortable method to follow is the 16:8 diet, which only eats during the daytime. (It is also essential to eat natural and unprocessed food.)
  2. The second method is fasting for several days intermittently. This method is more challenging to perform.

Fasting as a healing method has been known for thousands of years. In ancient cultures, people used to have dinner at sunset. People tend to eat late, including at night in the modern age.

  • The immune system can repair it when the digestive system does not operate at a high load.
  • There is no need for a Zero calorie diet during short days. The starvation diet causes a decrease in the entire metabolism, including mechanisms designed to protect the brain.
  • Drinking hot soup with natural fat is recommended because the bowels require lubrication. Natural fat helps to replenish the bowel tissue.
  • Intermittent fasting results in weight loss, but intermittent fasting benefits far beyond slimming.

The 16: 8 diet is a version of intermittent fasting aimed primarily at weight loss.

  • The 16: 8 diet is based on 16-hour fasting and 8-hour feeding.
  • There are no restrictions on the 8 hours that you can eat, so the diet has become very popular, except it is not necessarily a healthy diet over time.
  • The diet may be excellent for those who eat varied and non-industrial, and unprocessed foods during the daytime.
  • Those who eat industrialized foods in bulk during those 8 hours will find that they may lose weight in the early stages, but after that, weight gain and various side effects may also occur.

 

My experience with intermittent fasting.

  • I did many intermittent fasts during my extended stays in China. I often did 3 or 4 intermittent fasting sessions in a row.
  • I did a 4-day diet consisting mainly of vegetables, followed by a 4-day low-calorie diet consisting of only two big cups of chicken soup per day.
  • I drank water and tea (without sugar) whenever I was thirsty.
  • Surprisingly, it was not very difficult, mostly since I walked a lot.
  • Usually, after four days of fasting, I did a liver flush. It takes a lot of energy from the body and involves pain and a lot of discomfort.
  • During the fasting days, I felt better. I lost weight quite rapidly. But the low-calorie diet was combined with daily 8-10 km walks.
  • I practiced intermittent fasting in autumn and winter. It is easier to adhere to this regimen in cooler weather than during the hot summer.

You can find several studies on the subject on the internet. Most of them refer to intermittent fasting as a technique for fast weight loss.

 

What are the benefits of intermittent fasting? 

  • It helps empty the digestive systems of food leftovers and lots of toxins. It enables the replenishment of good bacterial flora in the gut.
  • It regulates insulin, glucagon, and other hormones and enzymes secreted by the pancreas. Allowing the pancreas to rest from these hormones and enzymes' constant production will enable it to regenerate.
    • It can be an excellent rehabilitative treatment for diabetes patients. (Types 1 and 2)
  • When the entire digestive system rests, the liver and kidneys also can regenerate damaged tissue.
  • All bodily organs (Including the brain) regenerate damaged tissue when not overloaded. Regeneration of bodily organs is the key to good health and rejuvenation. (Regeneration requires nutrients, so it is essential to give bodybuilding on non-fasting days. (I ate one egg per day with plenty of vegetables, roots, sprouts, and fruit.)

 

Safe Intermittent fasting guidelines & recommendations.

General recommendations concerning intermittent fasting.

  • It is advisable to start with a single fast and continue with an additional fasting series if there are no significant side effects.
  • The number of days of fasting and respite with days of eating depends on personal preference; however, it is advisable not to overdo the continuous amount of fast days.
  • It is not advisable to fast on and off during a boiling period of the year.
  • Intermittent fasting is desirable to perform without any hard-physical effort.
  • A regular night's sleep of 7-8 hours will help achieve optimum results. Regeneration of damaged tissues takes place mainly at night.

What is recommended to eat and drink?

  • On the days of fasting, there is no need for a Zero calorie diet. I recommend drinking hot soup. Preferably organic chicken soup with a small bowl of moist starches such as rice. 
  • In the days between one fast and the next, it is essential to reasonably consume food and beverages; eating fresh vegetables and fruits with natural oils will allow the regeneration of the bowel tissue and better absorb nutrients. It is advisable to reduce animal protein consumption significantly; you can eat deep-water fish (Preferably caught in the wild) or goat milk yogurt.
  • Drink a lot, preferably lukewarm or hot water, tea, or black coffee. (Without sugar or milk.)

Avoid or Minimize.

  • It is advisable to avoid processed and industrial food and beverages.
  • Smoking and alcohol consumption will dramatically reduce the inherent benefits, so it is desirable to avoid smoking and drinking alcohol during intermittent fasting.

 

Intermittent fasting risks & side-effects.

  • Intermittent fasting is safe without any significant side effects. (When following the Guidelines.)

 

I wish everyone who does intermittent fasting a secure and beneficial fast. Intermittent fasting is beneficial for triggering tissue regeneration.

 

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