Something that has become a widely popular in the health field is restricting your calorie intake and fasting. The terminology used is called “intermittent fasting.”
Fasting can help your body to fight off disease, get rid of harmful toxins and live a happy and a healthy life.
There are several different kinds of fasting, where you restrict your calories for a whole day or part of the day and either for a couple days a week or on a daily basis.
The three most popular methods of intermittent fasting are outlined below:
The 16/8 Method:
When using this method, you would skip breakfast and then restrict your daily eating to 8 hours. You then would fast for another 16 hours.
The Eat-Stop-Eat Method:
When using this method, you would fast for 24 consecutive hours, once or twice per week.
The 5:2 Diet Method:
When using this method, you would consume only 500 to 600 calories on 2 non-consecutive days of the week. Yet, on the other five days of the week, you would eat as you normally do.
Despite which method you follow, here are some benefits for adding intermittent fasting to your lifestyle:
1. Helps You Live Longer
Many people are aware of the ability to prolong your lifespan with intermittent fasting.
A study was conducted in 2000 which looked at the results of short-term, repeated fasting on the lifespan of female mice. Not surprisingly, the results showed that the mice that fasted lived a significantly longer life than the full-fed mice.
2. Helps You Lose Weight and Belly Fat
Not surprisingly, intermittent fasting has the ability to help you lose weight. This is because when fasting, you eat fewer meals and therefore, fewer calories. Also, with changing your eating pattern and the amounts of food you consume each day, you will increase your metabolism and help your body to burn even more calories.
3. Reduces Cardiovascular Risk
Fasting can also help your body’s cardiovascular issues, since it helps to lower your blood pressure, cholesterol levels and blood sugar levels. All of these, when high in concentration, place your body at risk for heart disease.
4. Repairs Cellular Damage
Fasting can also help to repair any damaged cells within your body and help to remove any harmful toxins from your preexisting cells.
As you may know, it is important for your body to maintain healthy cells in order to live a long, healthy life. However, cells can become damaged due to oxidative stress, which can speed up the aging process and cause multiple health issues.
5. Lowers Diabetes Risk
Unfortunately, diabetes is a very common disorder that affects many people today. However, if your blood sugar levels are not under control, it can negatively affect many of the organs in your body. This includes your eyes, your heart and your kidneys.
6. Fights Inflammation
One of the most unpleasant health issues is inflammation, which is a response of your immune system to remove harmful stimuli and damaged cells from your body. Excessive inflammation can lead to many health issues. Some of these issues include: asthma, sinusitis, atherosclerosis, celiac disease, hay fever, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, interstitial cystitis and cancer.
7. Promotes Human Growth Hormone
Intermittent fasting can also help your body produce a natural human growth hormone, also known as HGH. HGH is a hormone that is secreted from your pituitary gland and is largely responsible for the health of your cells, your healthy tissue in your brain, as well as your vital organs. HGH can also make your hair and nails grow faster.
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