Korean beauty, more commonly referred to as K-Beauty, has been a worldwide trend for a few years now. It’s no surprise, really. After all, who doesn’t want that fair, porcelain skin that Korean superstars have? There are loads of K-Beauty inspired products available on the internet, promising users that the 7-step or even 10-step skin care routine is the key to have that glass skin effect. However, there’s more to the story when it comes to achieving the Korean skin.

The fasting trend continues to make noise on the internet, with people talking about it in blogs, social media platforms, and fitness vlogs. Not only does fasting contribute to weight loss, but packs in other health benefits as well.

Actually, fasting has been practiced since the ancient times for survival, cultural, or religious reasons. Back when humans were hunter-gatherers, there were times when food was scarce and they’d have to fast until provisions were available. In terms of religion, a good example is Ramadan – a religious practice by Muslims where they fast for a month, abstaining from food and drinks from sunrise to sunset. Ramadan is still observed yearly until today.

Presently, different fasting methods are introduced to the wide market of people wanting to lose weight. Most popular of which is the Intermittent Fasting method, where there is a planned “eating window” and a “fasting window” during the day. For instance, the 16:8 method involves eating during the 8-hour window, and fasting during the remaining 16 hours of the day. There are other fasting routines for intermittent fasting, such as Alternate Day Fasting, Water Fasting, Eat Stop Eat, and the 5:2 plan. Basically, intermittent fasting involves planning when to eat, instead of what to eat.

Here are some benefits of fasting:

  • Weight loss
  • Managing Type 2 Diabetes
  • Mental clarity
  • Immune function
  • Healthy heart
  • Glowing skin and reduced pigmentation
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces the risk of high blood pressure

With numerous benefits, it’s not a surprise that fasting is a popular topic on the internet. People have been raving about fasting and how it helped them lose weight. On Twitter, social media users who practice intermittent fasting are preaching how fasting helps them move closer to their fitness goals. Some are even posting before and after photos to emphasize the amazing effects of fasting.