There is a plethora of dieting options you could choose from to remain in perfect shape. But are those actually positive for your overall health? Sticking on to a calorie strict diet, hitting the gym every morning, thinking twice before taking a bite on your favorite snack and being conscious throughout could be painful at times.
About reverse fasting:
Reverse fasting is contradictory to the conventional type of fasting. Usually fasting involves starving across the day or remaining purely on a liquid diet. Reverse fasting involves leaving a bigger time gap in between your meals particularly dinner and the breakfast next morning. Changing your eating pattern has proved to burn more fat, lessen weight while keeping you healthy and in full vigor.
What should you be doing for reverse fasting?
Reverse fasting is also called the sun cycle diet as it primarily depends on sun rise and sun set. In olden days, people used to finish their dinner before sun down. This is the concept behind reverse fasting. All you need to do is finish your dinner by 6:00 PM and then fast for 12 to 15 hours before breakfast. This is also called as time-restricted eating. A study on cancer survivors proves that beginning your fast before 8:00 PM is better than later in the evening. When such survivors took up a fast of 13 hours between their dinner and the breakfast next day, they lost weight drastically and reduced 36% chances of cancer recurrence. You simply need to eat your dinner at 6:00PM and the breakfast next day at 7:00AM without any food restrictions. It has been scientifically proved that when you begin eating your dinner 90mintes earlier and breakfast 90minutes later, your body tends to burn higher amount of fat while you consume the same calories of food. Now isn’t that great?
Understanding the reverse fasting:
Reverse fasting is based on the idea of circadian rhythm:
Circadian rhythm controls our body based on the sun rise and sun set. The cells in our body operate due to the sun light. This rhythm decides when to turn on our body cells and when to turn off. Our body cannot perform all its functions at once. When the sun sets, the process of digestion weakens and slows down. It is therefore not advisable to eat late in the night. The digestion is at its peak during early morning. This rhythm is used in reverse fasting. When you finish dinner by 5 or 6:00 PM, your body retires for the day. Early next morning your digestion is active and you eat breakfast which improves metabolism. This cycle is best suited for optimal health.
Timing your sleep:
Yet another important aspect is timing your sleep. It is necessary that you go to bed anytime from 9 to 11 PM and get up by 5 to 8AM. This sleep schedule will meet your body needs and provide proper rest on par with your reverse fasting schedule.
Exposure to Sun:
Lastly, ensure that you expose yourself to sunlight before 10:00AM. This sunlight sends signals to the suprachiasmatic nucleus in the hypothalamus and resets the human brain. This is helpful in stimulating improved hormone regulation.
Adhering to this simple yet effective diet regime you could do wonders in maintaining a fit and healthy lifestyle. So try it out and maintain your zest!