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
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
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
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
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
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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