Fasting has been around for many years.
Say you were a caveman living in the paleolithic era. Your body would go through cycles of feast and famine…out of necessity.
But, in fact our bodies are designed to live this way.
When we live in constant “feast mode” our bodies don’t benefit from the natural repair and rejuvenation they are designed for.
Have you ever been told you should eat frequent, small meals to keep your metabolism fire burning? This actually keeps you in “feast mode” and can make you feel hungrier than an intermittent fast (IM).
I lived this way for years….until I learned the truth.
I realize this may sound counterintuitive, but just try it for yourself a few times and see what you think.
Intermittent fasting can not only help you feel full longer, it also has many health benefits, that are backed by science.
Proven Health Benefits Of Intermittent Fasting
Although our bodies are constantly working to cleanse and detox, when our diets are poor or we are eating round the clock, it doesn’t work as efficiently as needed. This wears out our cells, especially the mitochondria, and they need to be replaced. This process is called autophagy. Most of all intermittent fasting allows the body time to focus exclusively on repairing the cells. Also of note, recent research shows the benefits of fasting for Alzheimer’s patients (1).
Lose Weight And Belly Fat
IF can boost the metabolism and help you lose weight and belly fat (2). It’s especially interesting that losing weight this way causes less loss of muscle than straight up calorie restriction.
IF causes an increase in human growth hormone levels (3). Consequently, this facilitates fat burning and muscles gains.
Lowers Your Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes
IF can lower blood sugar levels and decrease insulin resistance (4).
Studies in rats have shown intermittent fasting extends the lifespan (5).
May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease. Currently, there is no cure. However, animal studies show that intermittent fasting may give protection against neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s (6).
Reduces Oxidative Stress And Inflammation
Studies show that intermittent fasting can protect the body against the harmful effects of oxidative stress and inflammation (7).
Reduces Cholesterol Levels
IF was shown to decrease triglycerides and LDL cholesterol (8).
May Prevent Cancer
Cancer is a horrible disease characterized by an uncontrolled growth of cells. Several studies have indicated that IM may help prevent cancer (9). Evidence also suggests it may cut the side effects of chemotherapy.
In conclusion, intermittent fasting is an easy way to get some pretty amazing health benefits for your body and brain.
For the basics on how to get started with IM-ing please check out:
And for a Q & A on IF you might want to read:
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