Intermittent Fasting Health Benefits

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intermittent-fastingIntermittent fasting involves eating patterns that cycle between periods of eating and fasting. For example, 12 hours fasting followed by 8 hours of a normal diet. Or 24 hours fasting followed by 24 hours of a normal diet.

Intermittent Fasting was not developed as a weight loss diet or starvation process. It is a specific eating pattern based on our ancestors periods of feast or famine. Fasts do reduce calorie intake, but intermittent fasting may also lead to a healthier and prolonged life.

Our ancestors before us were hunters and gatherers. They did not have access to food all of the time and they ate what was available when available. Your body is designed to go for several hours without eating. It can survive and benefit without having three meals a day.

Prolonging the time between meals (fasting) has many benefits:

Weight loss. While not intended as a “diet” intermittent fasting may help weight loss and weight management. You’ll eat less and take in fewer calories, your body will turn to body fat to burn for energy instead of the food that you are not eating. Lower insulin levels, higher growth hormone levels and increased production of norepinephrine all increase the breakdown of stored body fat and facilitate its use for energy.

Reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. Fasting reduces glucose in the blood and promotes healthier insulin levels. Intermittent fasting reduces insulin resistance, helps lower blood sugar levels and protects against type 2 diabetes.

Improved brain health including better focus and improved concentration. When fasting, catecholamines hormone production is increased which supports brain focus and function. Intermittent fasting also increases the growth of new nerve cells, or neurons, which benefits brain function.

Increased energy. Fasting promotes more stable blood sugar providing real and sustained energy levels.

Improved heart health. According to the study Impact of intermittent fasting on health and disease processes conducted in 2016, intermittent fasting could lead to a reduction in blood pressure, heart rate, cholesterol, and triglycerides in both humans and animals. Triglycerides are a type of fat present in the blood that has links to heart disease. 

Tips for successful intermittent fasting:

Drink more water when fasting. Have a glass or bottle of water with you at all times so that you can sip regularly.

Break your fast with a healthy meal. The first thing you eat after a fast should be a healthy meal. Don’t use your non fasting periods as an excuse to binge eat.

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