Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

We discussed in our previous article How to do Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss and if you are contemplating over the idea, then there are lot of good reasons why you should give it a try. Intermittent Fasting or alternating periods of fasting and regular eating had been proven to be an effective method not only for weight loss, but improves the overall health of your body.

Intermittent Fasting Rejuvenates Skin

Intermittent Fasting Rejuvenates Skin

Exposure to free radicals can damage skin cells and cause wrinkles, dark spots, and fine lines. But fasting makes cells more resilient, helping them withstand damage caused by oxidative stress, which could keep skin smoother and firmer.1)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25546413

Burn Fat and Gain Muscle with Intermittent Fasting

Burn Fat with Intermittent Fasting

You always lose muscle and fat tissue when you shed pounds. But fasting ramps up fat burning, so you may lose more fat and less muscle than on other diets, and more lean muscle mass, also keeps your metabolism revved. When you fast for longer periods, your blood sugar gets lower and the carbohydrates stored in your body gets lower too, at that point there is no choice but to burn your body fat to meet  the energy requirements for your daily activities.2)http://www.obesity.org/news/press-releases/eating-dinner-early-or-skipping-it-may-be-effective-in-fighting-body-fat

 

Intermittent Fasting Improves Brain Function

Intermittent Fasting Improves Brain Function

Fasting may increase cognitive function, promote new brain cell growth, and even boost your mood. Periodically restricting calories signals the brain to produce protective proteins that seem to strengthen its connections. Brain-Derived NeuroTrophic Factor (BDNF) levels determine the formation of new neurons and the development of synapses, higher levels of BDNF result in healthier neurons and better communication processes between neurons.3)http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0066069

 

Intermittent Fasting Decreases the Risk of Heart Disease

Heart Health

Intermittent Fasting helps not only in weight loss but helps to reduce the risk of chronic diseases, particularly heart disease and diabetes. Fasting can lower levels of bad Cholesterol by up to 32% and Triglycerides by up to 42%, and also has a positive impact on blood pressure. Added together, those things could slash your risk for heart disease.4)http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/early/2017/01/30/CIR.0000000000000476

 

Intermittent Fasting Regenerates Pancreas Of Diabetics

Regenerate Diabetic Pancreas with Intermittent Fasting

Recent study5)http://www.cell.com/cell/fulltext/S0092-8674(17)30130-7 finds intermittent fasting can regenerate diabetic pancreas. After a meal your pancreas secretes insulin to absorb glucose from food and use it for energy. But fasting makes the body more sensitive to insulin, so you need less of it to process the glucose. this promotes more stable blood sugar levels and protects against type 2 diabetes.

 

Intermittent Fasting Helps Fight Fatty Liver

Early research suggests intermittent fasting might fight fatty liver6)https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160509085347.htm. That’s because it signals the production of proteins that control the liver’s absorption of fatty acids and prevent excess fat from being stored there.

Intermittent Fasting to get rid of Stubborn Belly Fat

After fasting for 12 to 14 hours, the body shifts from burning glucose for energy to burning fat – including stubborn belly fat. One study found eating 500 calories every other day, and eating normally on the other days was effective for weight loss like traditional diets.7)http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/article-abstract/2623528

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References   [ + ]

1.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25546413
2.http://www.obesity.org/news/press-releases/eating-dinner-early-or-skipping-it-may-be-effective-in-fighting-body-fat
3.http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0066069
4.http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/early/2017/01/30/CIR.0000000000000476
5.http://www.cell.com/cell/fulltext/S0092-8674(17)30130-7
6.https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160509085347.htm
7.http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/article-abstract/2623528

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