What is intermittent fasting and What it does to your body
When most people hear the term “intermittent fasting”, they usually disregard it as another one of those trending diet techniques which ultimately don't end up working out.
However, I have some news for you: Intermittent fasting is not a diet, it's a pattern of eating. It's a way of scheduling your meals so that you get the most out of them. Intermittent fasting doesn’t change what you eat, it changes when you eat.
Intermittent fasting is one of the simplest strategies we have for taking bad weight off while keeping good weight on because it requires very little behavior change.
This is a very good thing because it means intermittent fasting falls into the category of “simple enough that you'll actually do it, but meaningful enough that it will actually make a difference.”
There are different types of intermittent fasting. While the most popular one is 16:8 (fast for 16 hours with an 8 hour eating window), there are more as well as less vigorous ones as well, depending on your personal tolerance.
Keep reading to find out some benefits associated with intermittent fasting and see if you would like to incorporate it in your routine-
1. Intermittent Fasting Changes The Function of Cells, Genes and Hormones
- When you don't eat for a while, several things happen in your body.
- For example, your body initiates important cellular repair processes and changes hormone levels to make stored body fat more accessible.
- Many of the benefits of intermittent fasting are related to these changes in hormones, gene expression and function of cells.
- When you fast, insulin levels drop and human growth hormone increases. Your cells also initiate important cellular repair processes and change which genes they express.
2. Intermittent Fasting Can Help You Lose Weight and Belly Fat
- Generally speaking, intermittent fasting will make you eat fewer meals.
- Unless you compensate by eating much more during the other meals, you will end up taking in fewer calories.
- Additionally, intermittent fasting enhances hormone function to facilitate weight loss.
- Intermittent fasting works on both sides of the calorie equation. It boosts your metabolic rate (increases calories out) and reduces the amount of food you eat (reduces calories in)
- All things considered, intermittent fasting can be an incredibly powerful weight loss tool.
- Therefore, Intermittent fasting helps you eat fewer calories, while boosting metabolism slightly. It is a very effective tool to lose weight and belly fat.
3. Intermittent Fasting Can Reduce Insulin Resistance, Lowering Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
- Type 2 diabetes has become incredibly common in recent decades.
- Its main feature is high blood sugar levels in the context of insulin resistance.
- Anything that reduces insulin resistance should help lower blood sugar levels and protect against type 2 diabetes.
- Interestingly, intermittent fasting has been shown to have major benefits for insulin resistance and lead to an impressive reduction in blood sugar levels.
- What this implies, is that intermittent fasting may be highly protective for people who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Were these benefits convincing enough for you to give it a go? If you’ve already been fasting or have just started, do share your experience with us, we’d love to hear from you!