Does intermittent fasting really increase productivity?

Did you know that food is a killer of productivity? Well, yes! It turns out that when your stomach is full, the zeal to do things and be productive instantly declines.

This can be likened to a lion when it is hungry and sees a prey. It runs after the prey, catches it and eats it so greedily. But after eating it, if it sees another prey for food, it won't be quick to chase it down. It might not even bother to chase it! Why? Because it is full and satisfied. There is reduced productivity for the lion after eating. Same thing goes for humans.

In this article, we will be looking at how intermittent fasting can increase productivity in humans.

Intermittent fasting puts less stress on the brain cells and benefits the brain a great deal. It helps the brain to grow stronger and able to resist brain related diseases.

Intermittent fasting helps to boost productivity because it boosts concentration, the ability to focus and enhances sharp thinking. Some people think otherwise though and this is because they think hunger pangs will disturb them from concentrating, which is true and logical to an extent, as it doesn't apply to a body that is used to fast.

Once you can practice fasting and make it a habit, your tummy won't ache when you haven't eaten for just a few hours. So, it's all about if you can endure. Ignore the hunger pangs when they really hit. After 1 hour, they'll subside and then you will see that you will only be eating because it's due time and not because your tummy is aching.

Increased productivity is especially effected during long fasts. The brain improves tremendously in attention and focus. This is something you can experience by yourself by fasting for say 16 hours. And because intermittent fasting helps to promote Autophagy which is a process whereby the cells all over the body clean themselves up and flush out wastes, the brain is able to get rid of wastes that would be slowing down its functioning.

How can you fast for increased productivity? 

Firstly, you should try the 16:8 intermittent fasting method. This means that you eat during a 8 hour period and fast for 16 hours. Your body gets into the "fasting" mode 12 hours after your last meal. So, this method works well. I recommend this method for beginners who can't go a whole day or even three without food yet. Why? Because their bodies are not used to this sort of thing. So, you have to train your body. Train it.

If you've been fasting for more than 24 hours before, you can go on the 5:2 intermittent fasting. It means you eat for 5 days and fast entirely for 2 days. It is not a dry fast though, you are advised to drink water and take supplements in your fluids as well. You can drink Green tea or any unsweetened beverage of little caloric content any time you are hungry. It is not advised to go long hours without taking any fluid. So, take fluids, the unsweetened ones, during your fast.

As you advance in these fasts, you will start to notice your brain's  productivity/focus improve. This is guaranteed!

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