What is Intermittent fasting? Side-effects and benefits.

According to a historian and a food critic Pushpesh Pant
“A fast is also called a vrat, or resolution. Fasting in India began as a resolve that you have to do without food. It was an act of expiation”.
Over the years, the reasons for fasting kept on changing, and finally, it became involved in religion. Every religion has its own reason to resort to fasting. According to them fasting is not a moral obligation but is a moral and spiritual act where the aim is to purify the body and the mind and acquire divine grace.

However, it has a scientific reason behind it. As we know our digestive system is constantly busy digesting, absorbing, assimilating, and excreting. This is where fasting comes into the picture. Fasting gives the much-needed rest, healing, detoxification, cleansing, and rejuvenation.

Now coming back to our topic of discussion today, that is intermittent fasting and what exactly it means.
According to its definition intermittent fasting is a brief period of time during which you refrain from eating and drinking. Intermittent fasting should not be confused with starving or calorie restriction because it’s not a proper fast. There are exceptions like water, tea, and black or green coffee, that you can consume.

This type of fasting basically reduces your time window of eating. It’s a type of fasting that sets a limit on your eating time so that your body can take a break from the process of digestion and reserves the energy. This energy can further be used in other processes like cellular repair and fighting oxidative stress.

Intermittent fasting does not give you the list of food products that we need to eat instead, it provides you the time when you ought to eat them. In other words, you can say intermittent fasting is not a kind of conventional diet but an eating pattern and habit.

Before diving into this topic further let’s clarify the meaning of a few terms that are:-

Fasting period

It’s the time when you are supposed to not eat anything. But during this period there are certain exceptions like water, coffee(black or green), and tea(black or green) that can be consumed. However, even these substances need to be consumed with a certain limit. Excess consumption of these liquids can be harmful.

Eating period

this is the time when you are done fasting or before beginning the fasting process. During this period you are permitted to eat normally. This means you need to keep a good distance from high-calorie junk food, super-sized fried items, and treats.
According to a nutritionist the goal of intermittent fasting is ..’Intermittent fasting allows people to have a range of different food items.’ “We want people to be mindful and take pleasure in eating good, nutritious food,”

There are many things you need to know about Intermittent fasting, before you start it. These are Methods of Intermittent FastingBenefits and Side effects . These things are important for you to understand.

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