Power woman Beyonce does it. Victorias´s Secret Model Miranda Kerr as well. And also XXL muscle pacts like Terry Crews and Hugh Jackman swear by it. We’re talking about intermittent fasting – probably the brightest diet star in the fitness sky today.
INTERMITTENT FASTING: THE RULES OF THE GAME!
No counting of calories, no boycott of certain foods or macronutrients (e.g. carbohydrates) and no complex diet plans – you can’t say it any other way: intermittent fasting is the diet for all diet-haters! The only premise? One must expose its body daily to a sixteen-hour food leave.
What about snacks? Little “bridging treats”? Or calorie-containing drinks á la smoothies, fruit juices, energy drinks and Co.? To say it in three words: taboo, taboo, taboo! Only water, black (!) coffee and unsweetened tea are allowed during the sixteen-hour fasting phase.
I know, I know – that sounds hard at first, almost utopian hard! 16 hours without something solid in your stomach? That is pure self-mortification! Now comes the big but: The night’s rest is already included in the 16-hour contingent. In other words: If you sleep eight hours a night, for example, all you have to do the next morning is wait eight hours without food – exactly, correctly subtracted.
And hey, if you have survived this phase, you can stuff yourself for eight hours in your pharynx (figuratively speaking) with everything your culinary heart desires. Exactly this point distinguishes Intermittent Fasting from many other diet concepts: There is no “demonization” of certain foods, respectively macronutrients (think e.g. of the Paleo or Low Carb diet).
INTERMITTENT FASTING: THE PRO- AND CONTRA!
The advantages Intermittent Fasting has for the human organism are manifold and reach almost every corner of the body. Here is a small excerpt including linked studies for certification:
* Reduction of body fat (KFA)
* Improvement of cellular regeneration (keyword: anti-aging!)
* increased release of growth hormones (HGH)
* improved immune defence
* lowering of blood pressure
* Reduction of oxidative stress
* Prevention of diseases of civilization widespread in our society (diabetes, cancer, high blood sugar, etc.)
* 30% increase in life expectancy (animal studies)
All in all, it can be said that the temporary intake of food is good for both health and appearance. But let’s talk once – among ourselves we can – Tacheles: Improved immune defence, lowered blood pressure and reduced oxidative stress in all honours, but what really drives us to do without one or more of our beloved meals every day is the prospect of a defined, athletic and above all aesthetic body.
As with everything in life, there are of course two sides to intermittent fasting. Thus the change of the meal rhythm can lead particularly in the initial time to an intensified hunger feeling, reduced efficiency, nervousness, mood swings and in extreme cases (e.g. in high summer) also to weakness attacks.