What is intermittent fasting? How can I fast with food?

Qu’est-ce que le jeûne intermittent ? Comment puis-je jeûner avec de la nourriture ?

Are you a regular faster or are you nervous about getting closer to the world of fasting ? Chances are you've already tried it without even realizing it. Intermittent fasting is becoming more and more part of our daily routine due to cultural beliefs, more hectic lifestyles , and healthier eating habits .

While consciously or unconsciously following this trend, what if you could practice intermittent fasting in a new and safer way? Namely, by consuming food during the non-eating phase? Read this article to find out how.

What is intermittent fasting?

In its traditional sense, intermittent fasting is a type of fasting that alternates periods of abstaining from food with those of eating. The peculiarity of this method is that you have to pay attention to the time since you only eat during a specific window of hours while for the rest your body does not consume anything except water, and in this way enters into a state fasting.

As the clock somehow coordinates our lives and routines, time is also the main guideline that governs intermittent fasting. Indeed, depending on time, there are different categories or levels of intermittent fasting, namely:

  • daily time - restricted eating or 16/8 intermittent fasting which involves 16 hours of fasting and 8 hours of eating over the course of a day;
  • fasting every other day : 24 hours of fasting alternating with 24 hours of eating;
  • 5/2 day fasting : 2 days of fasting and 5 days of eating during the week;

These levels are today practiced consciously and unconsciously by more than 60% of the world's population. Have you ever tried ? Think about it. In your culture, is fasting an active practice, such as in Ramadan or during Indian holidays, such as Navaratri?.

Are you following a diet under the supervision of a healthcare professional that involves alternating hours or a full day of fasting? Have you ever skipped a meal because you had an appointment at that time, or you're late and have to run to catch the train? These are just a few examples of how intermittent fasting creeps into our lives.

The very first step is to recognize it and start doing it consciously, not just because we don't have time, since the world around us runs and makes us run too.

What are the benefits?

Practicing intermittent fasting, as part of our daily routine, means regularly reducing calorie intake, which facilitates gradual weight loss in the long term, as the fasting body begins to gain energy from ketones, energy molecules derived from the breakdown of fats. The release of ketones thus provides energy to our brain and body and therefore helps us improve our mental and physical performance .

Besides the obvious effect of increased energy, intermittent fasting involves, on a deeper level, a mindset shift in our approach to food as well as our lifestyle.

In the age of binge eating and consumerism, where we are continually exposed to sugar-laden pre-prepared foods that fall into our lap and we are accustomed to quickly snacking or drinking anything we can get our hands on , simply because we are running, always, and perhaps skipping usual meals, intermittent fasting can help us change our perspective on time and nutrition.

The energy we get from these easy snacks, high in carbohydrates and calories, is only short term and is not healthy for our body, because it comes from bad fats and sugars present in the produced in considerable quantities.

It is completely different from the healthy long-term energy we can get by following a daily diet of healthy fats and vegetables and adding periods of intermittent fasting to our routine, which by triggering the natural synthesis of ketones , can promote our mental concentration and the activity of our body.

Additionally, intermittent fasting sessions can help us be more mindful of time, respect food consumption times and meals, and fast consciously.

Is this method safe? Is there another method? Can we fast without really fasting?

Except for people who are used to it, it is generally recommended to approach intermittent fasting or the world of fasting in general for the first time with the advice of your doctor or nutritionist.

What if I'm afraid to try it? Is there another method? Can I fast without really fasting? The answer is yes.

With the science and research behind the Fasting Mimicking Diet ProLon® , a nutritional program that, through a select combination of ingredients and nutrients, puts your body into a state of fasting for 5 days when you are actually consuming around 750 calories of food per day. A revolutionary new method has been developed to also approach intermittent fasting, but with the same refrain, that is, with food.

This special intermittent fasting program is part of the ProLon® food fasting line and is called ProLon® ReSet®.

What is ProLon ReSet?

ProLon® ReSet® is a one-day nutritional program that allows you to reset, try fasting, and reap its benefits without actually fasting.

Reproducing the 5/2 water-based fast with ProLon® ReSet® allows your body to enter a fasted state and obtain natural energy while consuming healthy, chosen foods evenly during the hours where you don't eat. You take your daily diet normally for the 5 days and eat the selected healthy foods from ProLon® ReSet® for the last 2 days.

What type of food? ProLon® ReSet®, like ProLon® 5-day, comes in the form of a kit consisting of soups rich in plant fibers, nut-based snacks, herbal infusions and food supplements . The ingredients and raw materials that characterize these products and come from different regions of the world have been precisely selected by the L-Nutra scientific team and mixed together to simulate a fasting state while allowing your body to remain nourished.

Furthermore, used only one day a week, ProLon® ReSet® is a good start to purify yourself from a period of overeating also characterized by junk food, and cleanse your body from the inside with health-oriented products.

ProLon® ReSet® is your Monday food cleanse after crazy weekends or vacations.

Take control of your time to recharge and eat healthier, and manage energy production by changing your mindset and using healthy nutritional sources like ProLon® ReSet®.

References :

De Cabo R., Mattson MP. ““Effects of intermittent fasting on health, aging, and disease.”, New England Journal of Medicine, December 2019. “Alternate-day fasting in nonobese subjects: effects on body weight, body composition, and energy metabolism. » American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, January 2005.