Fasting. Ataxia diet #3.

Fasting is said to be another fantastic health-enhancing thing. It is praised by healthy people, but this approach is also often used by people with various neurodegenerative diseases, including ataxians. Basically, there are several ways to do fasting. You can starve once a week and you can make eating windows in which you eat and a lot of time during the day is spent on not eating.

I am not currently fasting, because I have an impression that there are many new things in my life and I don’t want to do everything at once. Fasting also has its own initial side effects that will pass. I’ve done fasting sometime in the past and to be honest I liked it. Due to the fact that the eating windows are short, eating starts quite late and there is little food. Ideal for me. In the morning I am often not hungry at all, and it’s great that I can not eat until late afternoon.

That is why I think that I will definitely come back to fasting.

In a group of ataxians, someone had given me a link to this fantastic scientific article. If you’re curious about how (and why???) fasting works, take a look at it.

There are many methods of fasting, and I will describe a few here with the help of articles from the Internet:

Source: (in Polish, translated using google translator)

Types of IF diet

Intermittent fasting variants can be selected according to your preferences. They were created to suit different lifestyles.

Variant I 16/8

You should fast for 16 hours a day, and you can eat for 8 hours. It’s best to eat three meals and two snacks during the eating window. People on a diet usually start fasting around 8 p.m., which lasts until 12 p.m. the next day.

This variant works primarily for people exercising in the afternoon because they do not have to train when hungry and have the opportunity to eat a post-workout meal.

16 hours is quite a long period of fasting, so some dieters recommend that this option be made easier to start with and start with the 14/10 method.

Variant II 20/4

This is definitely the more difficult version, as it involves fasting for 20 hours, while the eating window is only 4 hours. This variant is sometimes also called the „warrior’s diet”. During the eating period, eat two solid meals, one of which is warm.

The IF 20/4 diet is quite difficult to carry out and is recommended only to professional athletes who work hard on their figure.

Variant III 5: 2

Here, instead of setting the hours of eating, the days of the week are set. This variant means that for 5 days a week we can eat normally, then for two days, we should consume no more than 500-600 kcal.

Variant IV 6: 1 (eat-stop-eat)

It consists in fasting every 6 days. Example: after 6 days, you finish eating after lunch with the next meal at the same time the next day.

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