The Benefit of Intermittent Fasting for Mental Health

Updated: Mar 15

Body image issues, obesity, mental alertness, moods and emotional disorders, and eating disorders can be treated simply through fasting.



WHY INTERMITTENT FASTING WORKS

Whenever we eat, our body releases insulin to convert the sugars in food into energy. If there is no need to use the sugars immediately, insulin will also ensure the excess sugar is stored in our fat cells. This means that whenever we go without food for extended periods such as when fasting, insulin is not being released. The body will break down our fat cells for energy instead, and this leads to weight loss.

METHODS

The most popular intermittent fasting methods are: 16/8 protocol, Eat-Stop-Eat and the 5:2 Diet program.

Select one of these methods, try it for 3 months and then report back on your results by leaving us a comment.

  • The 16/8 method: Also called the Leangains protocol, it involves skipping breakfast and restricting your daily eating period to 8 hours, such as 1–9 p.m. You then fast for the 16 hours in between. For the first 12 hours, your blood sugar and insulin levels will fall and stabilize, from the 13th hour, your body will enter a state of ketosis wherein it starts to burn fat for energy.

  • Eat-Stop-Eat: This involves fasting for a full 24 hours, once or twice a week. For example by not eating from dinner one day until dinner the next day.

  • The 5:2 diet: With this method, on two non-consecutive days of the week you consume only 500–600 calories, and eat normally on the other 5 days.

Many people find the 16/8 method to be the simplest, most sustainable and easiest to stick to. It’s also the most popular. However as all these methods reduce your total calorie intake, any of them should cause weight loss as long as you don’t compensate by eating much more during the eating periods. You also don't need to change your usual diet, although dieticians do note that a nutrient-dense diet with a lot of plants and protein is ideal to help sustain you through fasting periods. Should you still struggle with hunger pangs, start by reducing your initial unrestricted eating period down to 10 hours, before transitioning to 8 hours.

Enjoy the changes that comes with fasting. Do share your results here with us.



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