The Top Great Benefits of Intermittent Fasting Backed by Science
It seems that everyone is talking about how intermittent fasting (IF) can be good for our brain and body. Indeed, intermittent fasting is very trendy as being better daily; thanks to all the information we have access to.
To resume briefly what IF is, if you don’t know it yet: Intermittent fasting is about not eating for a while and then eat everything your body needs in a shorter period of time than the usual.
If you want to read more about what is IF: it’s here.
There are actually many great benefits about doing intermittent fasting. One of the biggest and why it’s a fad can probably be because it can actually make yourself lose weight quicker.
So let’s talk and see in a quick and concise glimpse what are the great benefits of intermittent fasting.
Change in your body and cells
During the period of fasting, many good things are happening in your body and cells.
By doing the IF, you will increase the metabolism of your cells. So regenerate and remove the waste by creating new good ones more efficiently.
Also, your insulin levels will drop strongly which can help to increase fat burning.
Meanwhile human growth hormone level rise up so again a great thing to burn fat. Thing which will increase your muscle mass. As many things are occurring, genes and molecules can regenerate as well and easier, so that could help for a better longevity and protection against malign diseases.
So, as a first glimpse, we can see that there are many good changes in our body with regeneration and regulating good hormone levels.
That’s sounds already to be a great benefit of doing IF right?
Intermittent fasting help to lose weight and body fat
As we said above, intermittent fasting is trendy because it can actually help you to be lean. So now you get “the why” everyone is talking about it and that we haven’t finished to heard about “The IF”.
Indeed, thanks to the way insulin level is dropping and the way growth hormone is increasing. That change will put your body in an efficient burning fat and calories machine.
Basically, you will also be able to eat less meals because of the fact that you will eat in a shorter period of time during the day. Note: That we always need to make sure we’re bringing all the things our body needs nonetheless.
Many of us are eating big breakfasts. So if you skip this 1000kcal that you usually got from your pancakes, of course you will see some changes on your waist.
Finally, some studies have shown that the way of not eating for a good period of time could really make your burn more calories because of the change on your BMR (Basal metabolic rate). BMR is the number of calories required to keep your body functioning at rest. Nevertheless after this fasting period, you need to put back the machine on by eating.
BMR is also known as your body’s metabolism. Thus, any increase to your metabolic weight, such as exercise, will increase your BMR. So, IF could increase your metabolism too.
Your resting energy expenditure (the way you burn calories) apparently could change from 3.6 to 14 which is really helpful to burn more calories right? Find the study by clicking here.
By speeding up your metabolism effectively your body will burn more fat and calories again. That’s how you could be so lean then.
To resume: the fact that you can eat less calorie and put your body in a burning calorie machine can definitely help you to lose weight and body fat.
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Intermittent fasting can reduce the risk and prevent some diseases
Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease which is often due to a genetic predisposition. However, type 2 diabetes is generally speaking create by oneself by confusing the insulin level which is perturbed by eating too much sugar.
High blood level can perturb insulin resistance and so caused the diabetes if this one is fragile.
So, one of the other great benefits of intermittent fasting is that it can actually regulate nicely your level of insulin and make it stronger. Which is going to help you fighting against diseases got from perturbing this hormone. So, diabetes type 2 won’t be predisposed to occur by doing intermittent fasting.
Cancer is also a terrible disease not created by the hormone but by our body and cells. Uncontrolled growth of bad cells can then create cancer. Which can come from ourselves by not eating the right food or not having the immune system to fight these bad cells.
Intermittent fasting could help to prevent cancer as it make a change in our metabolism and change/regenerate our cells as we have seen in the first point.
Some studies have been doing on rats which are interesting if you are willing to read it: (1, 2, 3, 4). We need to wait for further studies. It’s still good to know.
Intermittent fasting could benefit your heart health
As heart disease is the world’s biggest killer that can be again a great benefit of doing intermittent fasting for the whole world.
Several studies have shown that IF could improve several risk for heart disease as blood pressure, cholesterol and others. Willing to read about it? Here they are:(5, 6, 7, 8).
However these studies have been doing in rats again. So we need more advanced one to put it as a fact. But that’s good to know and worth the mentioning.
Intermittent fasting could expand your life
Expand your lifespan and stay young for long-time. That will be great right?
This is what some studies shown by doing some period of intermittent fasting. This study as usual have been showed on rats not human. But the thing is 83% of rats who were fasting live longer that other.
For many of us that could the ultimate power and benefit of intermittent fasting.
So we wanted for sure to talk to you about this one as everyone nowadays wants to enjoy more his life to doing jet ski in Bali until no age.
Regenerate and repair your cells
As we said on the first point, doing intermittent fasting could help to repair and regenerate the good cells in our body so also by fighting the bad ones.
Which so can be beneficial to have a great immune system which can help to fight several disease as Alzheimer and cancer. This is something worst repetition as having a great immune system could help to prevent little disease as flu and cold.
Would it be great if you have no more flus in your life by having a superman immune system?
Intermittent fasting could help to Focus more
This period with no digestion by not eating for a period of time can actually make you focus more.
Indeed, intermittent fasting allows you to take a break from other energy expenditure like digestion, so you have all the energy for the task you need to perform into.
Many great entrepreneurs, celebrities or authors do intermittent fasting to not be worried about eating and then be able to be totally deep-focus in their task.
That can be great if you need to get things done meanwhile you are fasting right?
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Intermittent fasting can be healthy for our brain
As seen upward doing intermittent fasting can change many things in our cells and body. So it can also be beneficial for our brain, thanks to the change in our metabolism.
One of the great beneficial of intermittent fasting is that it may increase growth of new neurons and protect our brain. Indeed, IF could increase the protein that the brain makes (BDNF). That’s an excellent one, right?
Read the study: here.
That’s it for now.
All these great benefits of Intermittent fasting will make you think twice about doing it certainly. We just like to remind you that depends which method of IF you want to do or try, this is not for everyone. It can be hard especially at the beginning as your body is not used to, so you could feel some hunger.
Always make sure to have all you need for your body.
As you have seen there are several great benefits of intermittent fasting. Of course you will be able to find some others if you research a bit more about the topic.
We displayed the essential that we thought about that you will be interested to know.
To conclude briefly, intermittent fasting can help to burn fat and be lean. Fight and prevent disease induce by one’s self. Be healthier in our body and brain. Focus more.
Stay fit and healthy. Imagine if you combine that one with eating broccolis? Enjoy your healthy life.