Could Fasting Be The Key To Long Life And Good Health?
Fad diets are nothing new to us. We hear about the new amazing way that this celebrity got a ‘beach-bod’, how that one shifted the baby weight, and how that one looks on the catwalk. We are probably pretty much immune to the latest crazes, I for one have started to glaze over when I hear a fad-diet story. That is how it was for me when I first heard about the ‘fast diet’.
It is a calorie restrictive plan, where you eat normally for 5 days per week, and seriously limit your calorific intake for the other two days. I didn’t pay much attention when it came up in conversation, but the headlines surrounding Intermittent Fasting have not gone away…and in fact they have piqued my interest. I have seen articles ranging from claims about heart and cardiovascular health, reduced risk of developing cancer, cell repair and longevity, and so decided to approach this idea with an open mind,
When we consider that fasting may be closer to the way that our ancestors always used to eat, it takes on a new meaning. It is unlikely that the stone-age man ate 3 square meals each and every day – and so we could assume that humans evolved being used to eating feasts when food was available, and surviving on what was available at other times. Could these cycles of feast and famine be the way we are designed to eat?
Fasting is also recommended by a number of religions and spiritual practitioners, as a way to get in touch with the soul and even access higher realms. There are Buddhist monks who spend weeks without eating – although I am not sure that they are not scientifically measured in their fasting.
Intermittent Fasting, or IF can take many forms, but in essence, it is a system of shifting between periods of normal eating and periods of restricted (or zero) calorie intake. It can be five days of eating, two days of fasting each week as mentioned above, or five days of fasting each month, or even 18 hours of fasting each day.
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