This article discusses how intermittent fasting is done and adding the cheat day.
Intermittent fasting is a way to cycle between periods of eating and not eating (called fasting). It’s currently an excellent way to lose body fat, weight and improve ones health.
Later in this article, we will discuss the intermittent fasting cheat day. Intermittent fasting has been practiced throughout all of human history. People are now re-discovering this dietary intervention as it provides huge benefits when done correctly.
BENEFITS OF INTERMITTENT FASTING
Such benefits include loss of excess weight, reversal of type 2 diabetes, clarity of the mind, more energy and many other health benefits. Why does this happen, because you are allowing your body to repair itself or work on the level it’s meant to and it doesn’t have to deal with all the foods we are are putting in it first. The digestion process is a whole different complex topic to speak about.
During scientific studies using lab rats, it was discovered that the rats who were placed on a intermittent fasting programs, ended up having half the body fat opposed to the other rats who ate freely throughout the day (grazing, we all do it). Also the rats who fasted, actually out lived their counter-parts by many years.
Fasting is the voluntary withholding of food for either spiritual, health, or any other reasons desired. Usually those who fast have enough stored body fat to live off of. Intermittent fasting done correctly will never cause suffering and of course death.
Intermittent fasting can vary for different periods of time, such as a few hours up to a few days or – with a doctors supervision – a week or more. Fasting can begin at any time of your choosing and can end at will as well.
Fasting has no standard duration, it is merely the absence of eating food for a certain period. Note that anytime you are not eating, you are in a intermittent fasting state and we break that fasting state. (break-fast) or Breakfast as we know it.
An example would be, you fasting between dinner and breakfast the next day, a period of about 8-14 hours. So in a sense, intermittent fasting could be considered a part of peoples everyday life.
THE EATING PLAN
So here’s a plan to consider, you could eat from 12 noon to 8 pm or 11 am to 7 pm (eat every 2 to 3 hours within your eating range).
These time frames are not written in stone, so any time frame your comfortable with can work. Sixteen hour fasting regimes work great for dropping body fat, adding mental clarity and allowing your body to heal in ways your not even aware are happening.
Also, when your not eating, you are allowed to drink, water or coffee (black preferred, no sugar or milk/cream) . OK, you can sneak the cream in but look for an alternate non-dairy one, remember no sugar either! (we are going to talk about dairy in another article).
History shows evidence of fasting being a successful forced method. Our early ancestors, who had lean fit bodies was due to the fact that they basically ate once a day in most cases.
Our ancestors had to catch their food on a daily basis and or compete for it and that certainly didn’t allow for them to eat several times day. As a matter of fact they probably didn’t eat some days at all.
Let’s also face the fact that there wasn’t a deli or McDonald’s on every corner serving processed food to eat at will. Processed foods are not good for us, keeps weight on us and reeks havoc on our state of health . (will be discussed in different article)
INTERMITTENT FASTING CHEAT DAY
The plan here is to fast for 6 days, eating healthy (good foods to use are discussed on this site) and to have 1 cheat day on the 7th day of eating! Eat whatever you want. “You will still be staying within your fasting regime”. (meaning, you will be fasting just like the other 6 days). The only difference now is that you can, on the 7th day eat whatever you want during your 8 hour eating period.
Look, if you don’t give yourself permission to indulge sometimes, you’re setting yourself up for failure. It’s human nature to fail at some point, so let’s manage it ahead of time!
Try intermittent fasting for 3 months, then take a break for a 2-4 weeks, then repeat the cycle. Some people continue for longer than three months before they take a break , motivated by the progress they are making, that will be up to you.
Cheat days will trick the body into thinking it is getting enough calories (if not too many calories are consumed during a mean) and the body will then ignite its fat burning metabolism. So eat what you want, but try not to go to crazy in the amount you eat on your free day (keep calories around 500-700 calories per meal).
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