Intermittent Fasting not only helps you lose weight, gives you some extra wiggle room in your diet and can help erase a cheat but how does it really work and what are some other great benefits?
Some of the changes that occur in your body during fasting are:
- Insulin levels: Controlled insulin levels are the key to weight loss and management. While you fast your insulin depletes drastically turning on your fat burning system.
- Repairing Cells: When we are in a state of digestion most other systems slow down. Fasting gives your body the rest it needs, allowing the other systems to work more efficiently helping to clean out the cells.
- Human growth hormone: During fasting the cells produce more of this hormone which helps breakdown stored triglycerides (fat) into free fatty acids so it can be used as energy. When we have higher levels of this hormone we burn more fat and gain muscle.
The body is an amazing thing and when we are cutting out some calories “your energy” it will seek out the next source, which is fat. When insulin is low and growth hormones high this causes fat to be broken down and forced into the bloodstream where the body can now use as its fuel.
Intermittent fasting will boost your metabolic rate meaning increasing your metabolism (increases the amount of calories used) and reduces the amount of food you eat (reduces calories you take in). Win-Win
For this short-term period of fasting you actually increases your metabolic rate by 3.6-14%, helping you burn even more calories ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
Some studies even show that it helps your body fight free radicals and inflammation. Free radicals are what cause most diseases and aging. The ability to reduce oxidative stress (which causes the free radicals) can also help improve brain function. Just another Plus.
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