10 Reasons To Choose Intermittent Fasting
Why do people fast? Are there any health benefits?
There are many health benefits that come with fasting, but it seems as though there are just as many types of fasting. Choosing the one that is right for you is therefore not easy. What works for some will not work for us all.
Intermittent fasting is growing in popularity. It’s a type of fasting that divides your eating habits up between eating and fasting. A lot of research has been carried out into intermittent fasting recently, as researchers, dieticians, nutritionists, health experts and even scientists try to find out just how beneficial this type of fasting is to the human body that can benefit your health and wellbeing.
And it turns out that it’s VERY beneficial. Here are 10 reasons to choose intermittent fasting.
Intermittent Fasting Can Help You To Lose Weight
Perhaps the number one reason why you’re here is to lose weight. If so, intermittent fasting can certainly help out.
In basic terms, intermittent fasting means you follow periods of eating with periods of fasting. As such, you don’t need more to point out that you eat less meals than usual.
As long as you don’t fill your plate with more food than usual, you inevitably consume less calories. As such, you will lose weight.
Intermittent fasting also causes your insulin levels to drop while producing more growth hormone in your body. But contribute to increased fat burning, which again ensures that you lose weight.
You’ll Have More Energy
More energy is something we all want. Those days when we just can’t seem to wake up are truly awful. Unproductive, we feel like a waste of space.
Intermittent fasting is a great way of getting yourself more energy than usual. Basically, digesting big, fatty meals takes up a LOT of energy.
So when you fast, you’ve basically got a heap of energy to use for other things – such as exercise, work or whatever else you want to do. WIN.
Intermittent Fasting Can Boost Your Resting Metabolic Rate
As well as helping you to cut own on the calories, intermittent fasting can also boost your metabolic rate so that you also actively burn calories while doing nothing at all!
A study published for the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed the positive impact on the metabolic rate of 11 healthy women and men who fasted intermittently for four days. Their metabolism was boosted dramatically after just one day and stayed high until the study was finished.
Intermittent Fasting Changes The Function Of Your Genes, Cells And Hormones
When we don’t eat for an extended period of time, a few things happen to our body. Our cells are given ample time to properly repair, and stored body fat is all of a sudden much more accessible.
Our insulin levels drop dramatically, which allows for more fat burning.
Our body produces more human growth hormone, which also allows for more fat burning.
Our molecules and genes undergo important changes, which boosts longevity and reduce our risk of developing diseases.
Intermittent Fasting Can Help You Lose Muscle
I know what you’re thinking. Fasting would never help us to actually BUILD muscle, right?!
Intermittent fasting helps to build muscle because it stimulates the production of human growth hormone, which in turn stimulates fat burning and the growth of muscle.
Indeed, you will find a synthetic form of the human growth hormone in performance-enhancing drugs. But the best way to produce it naturally is to try intermittent fasting.
Intermittent Fasting Reduces Your Risk Of Developing Diabetes
Diabetes is fast becoming the scourge of the western world. It’s not quite as final as cancer can be, but it’s still a scary and very debilitating disease. But while there are certainly some types of cancers that we are just plain unlucky to develop, diabetes can actually be totally avoided if you adopt the right eating habits.
Intermittent fasting can help. The main characteristic of diabetes is high blood sugar levels, which occurs as a result of insulin resistance. Because intermittent fasting lowers insulin levels, it follows that it also lowers your blood sugar levels.
In fact, studies have shown that intermittent fasting lowers blood sugar levels dramatically.
Intermittent Fasting Reduces Inflammation And Oxidative Stress
If you didn’t already know it, one of the biggest contributors to chronic disease and the onset of ageing is oxidative stress.
Oxidative stress is characterised by free radicals, which are essentially rogue molecules with missing neurones. These bad boys have only one mission – to react with stable molecules (such as DNA) and destroy them.
In time, free radicals can accelerate the ageing process and even give rise to diseases such as cancer.
Intermittent fasting has been proven to help fight oxidative stress. It can also reduce inflammation, which is another common cause of chronic ailments.
Your Recovery Time Will Improve
This one is only really for those of you who work out. And if you do, you will know that recovery time can sometimes drag on for way too long.
Why oh why do our muscle still ache, throb and burn after 2 days?!
Intermittent fasting improves recovery time because your body has more energy (because it’s using a lot less on digestion). As such, it can use more of it on your recovery after a workout. Fantastic.
Intermittent Fasting Can Improve Cardiovascular Health
What do you think is the world’s biggest killer? Cancer?
It’s actually heart disease.
There are many risk factors that can cause heart disease, such as smoking and a poor diet. But while intermittent fasting can’t help with tobacco, it can boost your diet.
Numerous risk factors associated with your diet include high blood sugar levels, high blood pressure and bad cholesterol. And intermittent fasting can help with them all.
Intermittent Fasting Can Help You Stay Younger For Longer
It has been proven by numerous studies that practicing intermittent fasting can significantly prolong one’s youth.
Stay happy and healthy!