How to adapt to intermittent fasting like Hugh Jackman

How to adapt to intermittent fasting like Hugh Jackman

How to adapt to intermittent fasting like Hugh Jackman

That’s right, it’s intermittent fasting more a fad. It is here and it is happening. If Hugh Jackman can do it, you too can. To many quizzing minds right now, intermittent fasting is refraining from eating for a certain amount of time. Sounds simple right? Yes, it is practically do-able as well. This is not a diet as such, but a lifestyle in itself that is very simple to adapt but then again not-so-easy. Read on to know why.

What makes adapting to Intermittent fasting lifestyle simple?

#1 Adapt to what suits you: Intermittent fasting can be adapted in many ways to suit your lifestyle. comes in many different forms so as to enable each one adapts to this cycle at their convenience.

The 16/8 method – is when an individual is encouraged to eat between 8-10-hour window and fast rest of the 16-14 hours. It is simple to adapt as most of this would go by in your sleep. Women are however suggested to restrict their fasting time to 14 hours.

Eat-stop-eat method – is when you do a fast 24 hour fast, once or twice a week. Water or any non-calorie beverages can be had on the fast days. It is advised to adapt to this lifestyle over a period of time by starting with the 16/8 method

The 5:2 Method – eat normally for 5 days a week and fast for two days, and two days; consecutive or alternative. On the fast days, your calorie intake would be restricted to 500-600 calories.

Alternate day fasting – is a variation of 5:2 method, where you have one fast day and one eating day. Then again, it is recommended that you start with fasting 1 or 2 days a week before you venture into alternate fasting.

These are just a few variations, and as days go by, we find more new variations that are successfully experimented with.

#2 Fasting is very innate to mankind: Fasting for extended time period might seem scary at first, it might even call for some growls from the stomach. Thinking about evolution, we have never had easy access to food as cave people. We were those who starved for hours or even days at length. To begin with, people have complained of headaches, and hunger pangs but soon the symptoms waned away.

#3 It suits the ‘Millennial’ lifestyle: With every conversation now revolving around millennials, the trend-setters and movers, intermittent fasting suits their lifestyles. With jobs on shifts, cooking multiple meals a day becoming an extra task, this lifestyle serves health benefits upon a silver platter.

With all the simplicity explained, you would be curious about the benefits of intermittent fasting?

 Weight-loss, the most obvious in this world filled with obese people and those with fitness in their mind. To put it in a nutshell, after three-hours of having food, the insulin level reduces, and digestion happens, post this, the body starts to use the stored fat in our body to keep up metabolisms. But the benefits of fasting just don’t stop there, it lowers risk of type 2 diabetes, cholesterol levels,  reducing inflammation and improving body’s resistance.

More studies indicate that fasting helps to reduce occurances of neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases and supporting improved memory retention.

Now that you are all set to try intermittent fasting, maybe for just a day to begin with, or you might plan to take it up more rigorously, pause. Not to break your momentum.

Things to look out for while adapting to intermittent fasting

Who should not take it up

Apart from watching out for the free radicals that help combat the higher stress levels in our body, if you fall under any of the below category, it is recommended that you do not take on to this lifestyle.

  1. Pregnant women
  2. Women who are breastfeeding
  3. Old/young people below 18 years
  4. Those who need to regulate blood sugar
  5. Those who are already underweight

Talk to your doctor before you adapt to intermittent fasting then dive into it. While the benefits are ever so glamorous, there are some side-effects if not adapted properly, or if there are pre-existing concerns including

Talk to your near and dear ones so that everyone is aware of your schedule and would do everything to support you.

Post adapting to intermittent fasting

Keep yourself hydrated

If you happen to eat more than 500 calories on a fast day, eat normally. Do not change the schedule or beat yourself about it.

Keep track of your progress and monitor your metabolism as well.

With all these pointers given here, intermittent fasting has exhaustive data online, and way too many success stories. Share with us your Hugh Jackman moment in the comments below

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