Intermittent fasting is a recent diet trend that is here to stay. Unlike Paleo, low carb or the keto diet, intermittent fasting every day has tons of benefits for your health and even your mind.
One of the reasons intermittent fasting is so effective is because there is simply less time of the day to eat. With intermittent fasting, you only eat 6-8 hours while most people do the opposite by eating 16-18 hours per day.
Fasting is one of the most ancient healing traditions in human history which has been practiced by virtually every culture and religion on earth.
I’ve been practicing intermittent fasting since the beginning of 2018 and couldn’t be happier with the results.
Here are five ways intermittent fasting can help your mind just as much as your body.
1. Increased Discipline
As,l Jocko Willink said, “Discipline equals freedom.” In any area of life, how disciplined you are, determine how successful you will become.
When you stick to intermittent fasting on a regular basis you are being disciplined by not eating when everyone else is. Some people will scoff when you tell them your plan but it doesn’t matter. As long as you know what you are trying to achieve that’s all that matters.
This discipline to stick to eating during specific hours has poured into my business and fitness routines. Discipline is contagious and fasting can help add some to your life!
Here’s Kerwin Rae talking about how fasting is one of the top 2 life hacks he knows:
2. Better Brain
Once you get past the first few days of your body adjusting to the new eating schedule you will feel more focused, positive, and optimistic than ever before.
A study from the Society for Neuroscience in 2015, revealed that intermittent fasting offers “enormous implications for brain health.” According to the study, IF stimulates the brain in a number of different ways including the growth of neurons, recovery from brain injuries and enhanced memory performance.
There is also evidence to show that intermittent fasting might actually improve both cognitive function and quality of life for people living with those conditions already.
3. Health = Wealth
Unfortunately, people spend too much time on wealth while forgetting about their health during the process. But if you want to be truly successful you have to look out for your health.
Intermittent fasting is a commitment to your mind and body.
4. Improves Spiritual Well Being
Fasting has been practiced throughout history by almost every religion in the world. IF can lead to increase spirituality and I’ve found to have more clarity, peace, and focus during fasting times.
Studies have also shown that fasting can help regulate your mood by reducing stress and anxiety. To me, intermittent fasting can lead to feeling more connected with yourself. This can lead to a more positive outlook on how you see the world.
5. Trust Yourself
How can fasting help increase your confidence?
By making a promise you keep to yourself. Intermittent fasting is a big commitment if you’ve been eating the opposite your whole life but once you switch it becomes second nature.
This commitment, day in and day out, will instill confidence and self respect in yourself.
More confidence equals higher self-esteem and the ability to reach your goals quicker.
Are you ready to try intermittent fasting?
While it may seem like a daunting challenge, fasting is more than doable. Not only can you lose fat and have more energy but you can also gain more clarity on a daily basis.
Whether you can practice intermittent fasting every day or only on certain days, the benefits are endless.
This clarity can lead to more focus, confidence, and ability to push through the hard times to achieve your goals.