The holidays tend to be a season of indulgence, but you can make it through without gaining weight by incorporating an occasional fast day into your seasonal schedule. Fasting to improve health dates back to ancient times. Greeks such as Hippocrates and Plato fasted, as did ancient Christians and Israelites. I practice regular fasting as well. Fasting can mean anything from abstinence from food and beverages to restricting specific foods or the hours of food intake. For instance: • The popular 5:2 diet calls for fasting two days of the week, but not completely. Instead, you eat one-fourth of your typical daily calories, which is roughly 500 calories for women, 600 calories for men — and eat what you want the remaining five days. • The 4:3 plan involves fasting on alternate days. • Time restricted eating involves eating only during certain hours of the day, typically six to eight hours of the day, and fasting the rest of the time. There are a lot of animal … [Read more...] about Health Benefits of Fasting
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Health Diet diet and nutrition Fasting intermittent fasting Fasting diets have been hailed as a panacea for weight loss and good health in recent years, despite a lack of concrete evidence to back up such claims. Now, a new study on rats has suggested that fasting diets could increase a person's risk of developing diabetes. A team of Brazil-based scientists have warned that fasting every other day could affect how the body releases insulin, the hormone that helps the body to process sugars, raising the risk of diabetes. The team presented their findings at the European Society of Endocrinology annual meeting, The Guardian reported. Popular fasting diets include 5:2, where calories are restricted for two days a week; alternate-day fasting where individuals eat normally every other day; and 16:8, where food is consumed in a daily eight-hour window. Such diets have been linked to weight loss, increased life expectancy, lower blood pressure and … [Read more...] about 5:2 and Other Intermittent Fasting Diets Could Raise Risk of Diabetes, Scientists Warn
Health diet and nutrition Diet intermittent fasting Fasting Live longer, lose weight, boost your health and eat what you want most of the time. The promises of much-lauded intermittent fasting diets are undeniably attractive, and growing evidence suggests that these on-off regimes could be healthiest way to feed ourselves. But are they too good to be true? Intermittent fasting is an umbrella term for various regimes where food is consumed during set times. The popular 5:2 diet, for instance, involves dramatically restricting calorie intake for two days of the week and resuming recommended levels the rest of the time. With 16:8, food is consumed in a daily eight-hour window, while followers of alternate-day fasting eat normally every other day. Studies have linked fasting to weight loss as well as major health benefits, from cutting the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer to boosting life expectancy. The latest … [Read more...] about Intermittent Fasting: Are 5:2, 16:8 and ADF Diets Really the Healthiest Ways to Eat?
Last year, Leticia Urano tried intermittent fasting. “I would have dinner at around 8pm and would only eat the next day for lunch at around midday. I would spend 16 hours without eating anything. I did this for one month, and lost 1,5 kg without any restriction during those meals,” she says. Like her, an increasing number of people try intermittent fasting diets, which involve consuming zero or little calories for time periods ranging from 12 hours to several days. The practice of fasting in order to gain some sort of health benefits isn’t new. The great ancient philosopher Plato himself said he fasted for greater physical and mental efficiency. In the Ancient Roman Empire, people with epileptic seizures were deprived of food for a certain period of time as a mean to ease their condition, after doctors found evidence this forced fasting had a positive impact on their brains and reduced episodes of seizure. What is new however, is its growing popularity in recent … [Read more...] about The ‘Silicon Valley’ fasting diet
iStock.com/oleksajewicz Using spices to freshen up meals may be as beneficial for your general health as it is for your taste buds. Originally used as additive flavorings, spices are growing in popularity worldwide as part of a natural treatment plan for diseases, infections, and disorders. Their healing ability is attributed to the antimicrobial properties of the plants they derive from. We will examine the many potential health benefits of spices in detail. Spices are made of the seeds, bark, stems, and roots of various plants and trees. They also are dried portions of fruits and vegetables. The chemical compounds in most spices allow for longer-term food storage without the use of artificial preservatives. Spices offer an array of flavorings, depending on the source of the plant. A bitter tasting spice can be created by using cloves, cumin seeds, bay leaves, horseradish, mace, and fenugreek seeds. Earthy smells and flavorings will come from geosmin compounds, which are abundant in … [Read more...] about Why Spices Are Good for You: The Health Benefits of Spices in Food