February is observed every year as National Fasting February and it’s designed to raise people’s awareness about the benefits of intermittent fasting on a person’s metabolic health. While many diets focus on what a person eats, intermittent fasting focuses on when a person eats.
During this type of fasting, a person only eats during specific times. One way to practice this form of fasting is to eat only during an 8-hour period during the day and then fast for the remainder of the day.
This causes the body to exhaust its stores of sugar and instead burn fat. According to recent studies, intermittent fasting has been shown to slow down or even reverse some disease conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
The History Of National Fasting February
Intermittent fasting has been around for a very long time. Not only did ancient peoples practice it, but it’s been known by the medical community to be a viable alternative to calorie restriction for some patients. However, this holiday month hasn’t been around quite as long. This month was only created in 2019 by LifeOmic, a Life Fasting Tracker app.
The Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
Below are some facts about intermittent fasting that we think everyone should be able to appreciate. The following facts have been gleaned from a dozen different scientific studies.
- Intermittent fasting boost memory in animal trials.
- People who intermittently fast have lower resting heart rates and improved blood pressure.
- Men who fasted 16-hours a day kept muscle mass while losing fat.
- Intermittent fast has proven to help with weight loss.
Observing National Fasting February
Before people begin observing this month we encourage them to speak to a doctor first. In fact, this should be the standard response to any change in diet or lifestyle. Only a medical professional can determine if it’s safe for a person to go on an intermittent fasting diet. Once a person has been cleared by a certified medical condition, then they can take the opportunity to observe this month.
There are a lot of different ways for people to intermittently fast. We already mentioned that one way is to only eat during an 8-hour window of your day. Another way to observe is by eating normally five days a week and then cutting down calories to 600 calories for two days. However, as we said, it’s important for a doctor to be consulted before beginning this or any other diet change.
When is National Fasting February?
|This year (2022)||February 1 (Tuesday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Next year (2023)||February 1 (Wednesday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Last year (2021)||February 1 (Monday)||Multiple dates - more|