CHRONICLES OF HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
I’ve always been that girl with an obsession of health and wellness.Unluckily, still I’ve been that girl with the information but not the will. I’ve read gazillions (in it’s literal sense) of articles and books on living your best life but never gotten round to trying anything worthwhile or if i did it never lasted a week.
When corona hit it gave me time to dive deeper into my obsession and I came across intermittent fasting and my oh my did it spark my interest.
I watched enough You Tube transformation videos and read books to convince me that it actually works. As I usually do, I added what I had learnt to my useful knowledge archives to be retrieved only in conversations. But then again our already long break became even longer with the announcement that schools were to reopen in January. For the first time in a long time, I decided to try something out and intermittent fasting it was.
So what exactly is intermittent fasting?
The religious among us are familiar with it for spiritual nourishment but can the same be applied to our physical bodies? It turns out that a little fasting could be good for our bodies.
Basically, intermittent fasting is denying ourselves food for a period of time (ranges from hours to days) Frankly, it’s a huge sacrifice especially for those of us for whom food is our go to. It could even be compared to self harm but allow me to outline the benefits and see if you can change your mind.
According to scientific research, intermittent fasting has been known to reduce the risk of developing diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. It has also been known to normalize blood glucose levels and reduce blood pressure.
Lastly and most importantly to majority of people according
to internet search data statistics is weight loss. I mean who wouldn’t like to lose that extra flabby belly that makes tucking in your shirt such an ordeal?
Intermittent fasting is definitely worth your time and energy but here comes the most important part: how is it done?
Method 1: Alternate day fasting
According to research, there are two ways of doing it. I think you can still personalize it to suit your schedule and lifestyle. The first way is to do alternate day fasting. This means that you don’t eat any food for two non- consecutive days a week. Though if you must eat, it should be no more than a 500 calorie meal.
Method 2: The 16:8 Method
The other way is the 16:8 method. This involves fasting sixteen hours a day and eating within the eight hour window. The silver lining is that you get to eat whatever you want.
Just being honest I’m a newbie in this world of go for it and deciding to do this has probably already cost me a few pounds already. Anyway, I’m going to be trying this for one month, so if you are interested feel free to be my personal diary and get weekly updates on my progress in this journey of health and wellness.
Lastly for those who are interested you can join in. Surely a month of intermittent fasting wouldn’t kill us would it?
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