Restrictive diets, or diets that limit and monitor your food intake are hard. With an abundance of food at our fingertips, it seems like we're going against our nature when we become ultra-selective with our diets. The fact of the matter is, we weren't really designed to have this much food readily available. We're hunter-gatherers, and our bodies are meant to store and hold onto food for as long as possible. With that said, it takes a bit of training and a lot of discipline.
The health benefits that are associated with intermittent fasting are shining examples of our bodies' natural tendencies to "hoard" food. Intermittent fasting, sometimes called day fasting, is a type of eating schedule in which you can only eat during a specific period of time followed by brief fasting periods. These specific eating windows, or rather the fasting periods in between them, tell our bodies to start burning through some of our stored glucose (glycogen), making fat burning possible. Intermittent is a very effective method of weight loss, reducing insulin resistance for people with type 2 diabetes, and even boosting brain function when done safely and correctly. Before you jump into your next fast, read through these 10 Fasting Tips to help you see the best results without threatening your health.