Nowadays specially in pandemic, TV, the internet and other entertainment are available 24/7. We stay awake for longer hours to catch our favorite shows, play games and chat online. We’re sitting and snacking all day and most of the night.

These extra calories and less activities can mean a higher risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other illnesses. Scientific studies are showing that Intermittent Fasting may help reverse these trends.

Intermittent Fasting is an eating plan that switches between fasting and eating on a regular schedule. Research shows that intermittent fasting is a way to manage your weight and prevent or even reverse some forms of disease.

Johns Hopkins neuroscientist Mark Mattson, Ph.D., has studied intermittent fasting for 25 years. He says that our bodies have evolved to be able to go without food for many hours, or even several days or longer. In prehistoric times, before humans learned to farm, they were hunters and gatherers who evolved to survive and thrive for long periods without eating. They had to took a lot of time and energy to hunt game and gather nuts and berries.

There are several different ways to do intermittent fasting, but they are all based on choosing regular time periods to eat and fast. For instance, you may choose to try 16/8 fasting: eating for eight hours and fasting for 16 or you might choose 5:2 approach: eating regularly five days a week and the other two days fasting, with limit yourself to one 500–600 calorie meal. Another one is eat-stop-eat: eating regularly a day and fasting a day. There are many different intermittent fasting schedules. It’s important to check with your doctor before starting intermittent fasting.

One of Mattson’s studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed data about a range of health benefits associated with the practice. These include thinking and memory, heart health, physical performance, diabetes and obesity, tissue health and others.

Generally, before you try intermittent fasting (or any diet also), you should check in with your primary care practitioner first. Some people should steer clear of trying intermittent fasting: children and teens under age 18, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, people with diabetes or blood sugar problems, and those with a history of eating disorders.

Find more info by searching and you can choose one fit way. This fasting sounds common in Islamic teaching, right? So, have a nice fasting to strengthen our health and immune.


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