Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

by - March 28, 2019

In our previous post, we talked about Basic types of Intermittent Fasting and we made a mention of few benefits in passing: a way of losing fats, improving your body's microbiome, lowering digestive problems, inflammation and curbing cravings.

The usefulness, so to speak, of Intermittent Fasting cannot be overstated.
You know, quite easy and adaptable with good benefits.
Little wonder why it is a trend in the world's health and fitness communities.

In this article, we will take a study of some of the benefits of Intermittent fasting

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1. Weight and belly fat loss.

Now, a lot of people on this diet plan are on the quest for loss of weight.

Intermittent Fasting generally make people eat a lot less than they normally would.
Unless, of course, you try to eat up all you missed during fasting.

In any case, people on the diet plan consume fewer calories.

The increase in growth hormones also boosts fat burning and increases weight loss, working together with low insulin level, increases the breakdown of body fat.

Short term fasting increases the bodies metabolic rate, making you burn more calories.

Working on the two sides of the calorie equation, Intermittent fasting increases the calories you burn and reduces the calories you take in.

2. Increase in growth hormones and cellular repair processes.

During fasting, quite a number of things happen in your body.

Basically, Your body initiates important cellular repair processes and changes hormone levels to make for easy access to stored body fat.

Your blood insulin level drops, aiding your body burn fat more effectively.

Your body brings about important cellular repair processes, for example, the excretion of waste materials from cells.

The human growth hormone increases as much as 5-fold. This hormone helps in fat burning and muscle gain, having other benefits.

3. Insulin Resistance Reduction and Lowering Risk of Type 2 diabetes

The Type 2 diabetes is has become more familiar with time, high blood sugar level in the context of insulin resistance being its main feature.

Intermittent Fasting reduces insulin resistance thereby, reduces blood sugar level and curbs Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetic rats have been studied and result is: Intermittent Fasting protects against kidney damage, being one of the most critical injuries of diabetes.

Intermittent Fasting is therefore of high benefit to people who may be at risk of Type 2 diabetes.

Most of these studies were carried out on the male gender.

4. Reduction of Oxidative Stress and Body Inflammation 

This involves unstable molecules called free radicals, that react with important molecules like protein and DNA and damages them.

It is a step towards aging and a good number of chronic diseases.

Studies have shown that Intermittent Fasting may increase body's resistance to oxidative stress and also increase body's ability to fight inflammation, which is another step towards many chronic diseases.

5. Prevention of cancer

Cancer, one of the world most popular chronic disease, characterized by uncontrolled growth of cells, may be prevented by Intermittent Fasting.

It has several beneficial effects on metabolism that may reduce risk of cancer.
Evidence on cancer patients shows that fasting reduces side effects of chemotherapy.

Intermittent Fasting has so many health benefits that cannot be overemphasized.

The less your intake of food and calories, the healthier you will be and Intermittent Fasting is just the perfect diet plan to live a bouncing healthy life!

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