For the last year I have been including fasting into my weekly food plan. I will take 1 day a week and not eat just drink water.
After reading a lot of scientific articles on longevity research and thinking about what we would have done 10,000 years ago, it makes sense that we now and then would not eat doe to food availability and that maybe we we built to fast and clean our systems.
The results for me have been great, Overall I feel better and have more energy throughout the day.
Recently I was reading an article here. The article seems to put a bit of a negative on fasting.
Overall, the findings showed only modest changes in body composition , decreases in some cardiovascular risk factors, and some improvements in cognitive function. What seems like minor benefits compared to the dramatic results shown in animal studies.
One of the main arguments is that the typical American diet’s food ratio negates the benefits you get from Intermittent Fasting (IF).
They state that:
Shoving in 40% of the daily calories from refined carbs alone in one sitting, will affect your insulin and your health more than when that amount is divided into 3 or several meals.
Yes, if you eat the typical American portions of chocolate, pie, milkshake or ice cream, you’d better cut these into as many meals as possible. And note that the typical American diet with its high carb, low protein, low fiber ratio is known to promote hunger and weight gain; and it certainly lowers your capacity to endure fasting.
So what can you learn from these studies?
For me it means that if you are comparing IF with the typical American diet it won’t work but if you already are eating a healthy diet with good quality organic meats, vegetables and fruit adding IF can actually help you improve your health just a little bit better.
My recommending source for learning how to fast in a healthy way can be found by clicking here. I have used this program myself to better implement fasting into my healthy lifestyle