Is Fasting the Healthy Way Forward?

Eating your dinner just a little earlier, or pushing breakfast to mid-morning, may be the newest science-backed way to feel amazing, look great, maintain your ideal weight and dramatically increase your health!

Eating only during a 10-hour window every day (for example, 8am to 6pm, or 10am to 8pm) is ideal for overall health. This is slightly less time than the typical 14 to 15 hour time zone that people tend to spend eating throughout the day.

For many people around the globe who are trying this, they have discovered the results are quite staggering, in terms of reduction in weight, reduction in bad cholesterol, reduction in blood pressure, and generally feeling like they have more energy.

Research has found that when people eat in a 10-hour window every day (the time must be the same as much as possible), found the self-prescribed eating routines (which people could adjust to fit their schedules), not only helped people lose more weight than they would by restricting calories or trying to exercise more, but the participants also achieved powerful reductions in bad cholesterol levels and cut their belly flab down considerably, while also sleeping better and feeling more energized.

One of the things that naturally happens when you restrict your eating window is most of the time you marginally reduce your daily calories, without even thinking about it.

Not only that, some people have been able to quit or reduce their cholesterol or blood pressure medications by doing this.

The aim, of course, is to eat nutritious, healthy meals during your 10-hour window and certainly not to feel starved or deprived in any way. Basically, making your evening meal the lightest meal of the day and trying to eat during the daylight hours, in theory, means we are aligning the circadian biology with the food intake, because all of our organs have internal clocks and they like to be active at certain times.

People around the world have known for centuries that fasting can help create a healthy body.

Periodic fasting can help ward off disease like diabetes, high cholesterol, and obesity, plus it can strengthen connections in the brain and act as an antidepressant.

It has even been reported that fasting may lengthen lifespans by keeping cells healthy and youthful.

Even having a cheat day where you eat outside your restricted hours is still having a profound effect on health. Starting with at least five days a week is a great place to begin. Most people eat way too much and this can have a negative impact on health.

The reason why fasting is good for us is possibly to do with a type of immune cell called a monocyte, which our bodies typically release to fight off infections and wounds. Monocytes are inflammatory, and the white blood cells can cluster to heal the body when we're injured. But any time we eat food, monocytes are also standing guard in case we ingest any threatening microorganisms. This is especially true when we eat sugar. Monocytes also accumulate in fat tissue, contributing to chronic disease.

It is also believed that fasting helps support the health of our cell’s mitochondria, which are integral to the body's metabolism. Regular fasting may help our mitochondria operate more efficiently.

When we give our bodies a good period of fasting, it allows a lot of the cellular repair and regeneration to occur, as opposed to when you consume lots of calories, it makes the body work harder.