Intermittent fasting is not a diet, it’s a pattern of eating. It’s a way of scheduling your meals so that you get the most out of them. Intermittent fasting doesn’t change what you eat, it changes when you eat.
Why is it worthwhile to change when you’re eating?
Well, most notably, it’s a great way to get lean without going on a crazy diet or cutting your calories down to nothing. In fact, most of the time you’ll try to keep your calories the same when you start intermittent fasting. (Most people eat bigger meals during a shorter time frame.) Additionally, intermittent fasting is a good way to keep muscle mass while getting lean.
With all that said, the main reason people try intermittent fasting is to lose fat. We’ll talk about how to intermittent fasting leads to fat loss in a moment.
Perhaps most importantly, intermittent fasting is one of the simplest strategies we have for taking bad weight off while keeping good weight on because it requires very little behavior change. This is a very good thing because it means intermittent fasting falls into the category of “simple enough that you’ll actually do it, but meaningful enough that it will actually make a difference.”
Outside of weight management intermitted fasting has many more health benefits.
Intermittent Fasting (I.F.) is quite well documented in science as well as history as an amazing dietary strategy with many health and anti-aging benefits.
Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, said: “To eat when you are sick, is to feed your illness”. He recommended abstinence from food or drink for almost all of his patients.
Before Hippocrates, the infamous Greek god Hermes Trismegistus, or Thoth the Atlantean in Egypt, said to have invented the art of healing. He used fasting to clear his mind to unveil the secrets of the cosmos by cleaning his body and purifying his mind.
Plutarch said: “Instead of using medicine, rather, fast a day.” In Ancient Greece, consuming food during illness was thought to be unnecessary and even detrimental, since it would stop the natural recovery process. There was also a widespread belief, that excessive food intake could increase the risk of demonic forces entering the body. Perhaps obesity and slothfulness so many are plagued by today?
The Greeks believed that abstention from food improved cognitive abilities as well. Pythagoras systematically fasted for 40 days, believing that it increases mental perception and creativity. He also wouldn’t allow any of his students to enter his classes unless they had fasted before. So did Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle –all of the great philosophers. They frequently abstained from food intake for several days.
This would seem reasonably effective, as the only way for a hunter-gatherer to end their starvation was to get smarter and more efficient at chasing the game. Toolkit complexity is linked with increased hunting and fishing practices[ 130], as traps and toggle-headed harpoons require more intelligence to make than simple digging sticks. Unlike plants, animals run away and if you want to eat them, you have to come up with better ways of catching them. This ever-imposed stress on hunting societies was probably one of the major driving forces behind the development of our species.
Fasting’s been written about in many myths, legends, and religious texts as well. Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and Islam all instruct abstention from food in some shape or form. Similar teachings are preached in philosophical, moral, and tribal codes. It’s commonly thought of as a definite way of creating a communion between God or other divine deities. The only religion that prohibits fasting is Zoroastrianism, because of its belief that such asceticism will not aid in strengthening the faithful in their battle against the sources of evil. But intermittent fasting has extremely empowering effects, which actually make the practitioner stronger, healthier, and sharper, especially mentally. Those traits are useful for battling everything.
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse is a story of Gautama Buddha that talks about his life and path towards enlightenment. In the book, he is a monk and beggar who comes to a city and falls in love with a famous seductress Ka- mala. He makes his move on her, but she asks: “What do you have?” One of the well-known merchants challenges him as well: “What can you give that you have learned?” Siddhartha answers the same way in both cases, which leads him to ultimately getting everything he wants.
He said: “I can think. I can wait. I can fast.” What does it mean?
I can think: You possess good judgment and you’re able to make good decisions.
I can wait: You have the patience and perseverance to play for the long-game without expending unnecessary effort.
I can fast: You are capable of withstanding difficulties and challenges. Fasting trains you to control your physiology and makes your mind more resilient.
These three traits are extremely useful for living life according to your own terms. This book will teach you how to cultivate all of them.
The Swiss-German doctor Paracelsus was also in favor of this. He said: “Fasting is the greatest remedy, the physician within.” In the medical community, Paracelsus is famous for revolutionizing the medical sciences, by utilizing empirical observations from nature, rather than referring to ancient texts. He also gave zinc its name, calling it zincum and noted that some diseases are rooted in psychological conditions. For all of his patients, he advised intermittent fasting. Not something you see in to- day’s doctors who would much rather prescribe drugs.
In the mid-1800s, E.H. Dewey, MD published a book called The True Science of Living, in which he said: “every disease that afflicts mankind develops from more or less habitual eating in excess of the supply of gastric juices.” Basically, consuming too much food too often, without letting the body repair itself. That’s why proper autophagy is central to longevity.