In the last few years, the word Intermittent Fasting (IF) has been used frequently in the media, amongst friends, family and colleagues who are seeking a healthier lifestyle. It is no surprise that currently IF is one of the world’s most popular health trends.
At Kallima we can proudly say that IF has formed an integral part of what we believe the healthy way of living is. While IF has been a cornerstone of our daily practices for more than 30 years, we are more than excited to share our knowledge with those wanting to know more.
Over the next few blog posts, we will be sharing some important information about IF and how it can benefit your way of living.
So, what is Intermittent Fasting?
IF is an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting (not eating) and eating. This way of living has been a practice throughout the evolution of humans. In ancient times hunters and gathers went days, sometimes weeks, at a time without finding anything to eat. As a result, humans evolved to be able to function without food for extended periods of time. Making fasting more natural than always eating 3 meals per day, plus all that snacking in-between!
It is important to understand that IF is the voluntary abstinence from food, it is not a starvation tactic to lose weight. Fasting is also done for spiritual or religious reasons by some cultures.
The most popular methods of Intermittent Fasting are:
The 16/8 method: The aim is to fast for 16 hours and limit your daily eating periods to just 8 hours and skipping breakfast.
Eat-Stop-Eat: This involves fasting for 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, you consume limited food on two non-consecutive days of the week but eat normally the other 5 days.
At Kallima we lean towards the 16/8 method of IF as many people find this method to be the simplest, most sustainable over the long run and easiest to stick to.
When you eat is only just the beginning of understanding how to live a lifestyle that is good for your body and mind, schedule your consultation at Kallima to learn more about how we can change your life forever!