Intermittent Fasting has become all the rage over the last few years.
Researchers claim that it’s one of the best ways to lose weight, improve your health and improve your sensitivity to insulin.
In this article, we’re going to explain 5 reasons we love intermittent fasting:
#1 Fasting Increases Production Of Human Growth Hormone (HGH)
Did you know that a growing number of people are spending up to $10,000 per year on HGH injections to look and feel younger?
Studies show that I.F can increase HGH by more than 300%.
When HGH levels are higher you recover faster, build muscle, increase energy and some say you skin gets better too.
Why spend $10k per year when you can just do I.F instead?
#2 Intermittent Fasting Helps You Burn Fat
Although this is a widely discussed topic, there are different researches available that support this claim.
It all boils down to insulin.
The human body needs insulin to take glucose (a type of sugar) out of the blood.
High insulin levels are often related with weight-loss troubles.
High levels of insulin result in high absorption of sugar into the cells.
These sugars are mainly coming from carbs that are eaten and are stored in the cells for energy purposes.
If the sugars in those cells are not used, the sugars are stored as fats.
The sugars can only be absorbed in the cells when insulin is present.
Low insulin levels therefore prevent fat to be stored in the cells (Source Harvard Health) allowing your body to use more of the carbohydrates you eat instead of it being stored as fats.
#3 Reduces Inflammation
Research shows that intermittent fasting can help with reducing inflammation.
There are two main reasons for this.
First of all, autophagy. This is the process of the body destroying old or damaged cells.
It is a way of the body repairing itself. Old and damaged cells that remain present in the human body eventually create inflammation.
Intermittent fasting can stimulate the process of autophagy.
Secondly, insulin plays a role again.
We have stated earlier that intermittent fasting can make the human body more sensitive to insulin.
When the body becomes resistant to insulin, glucose is not processed efficiently.
This leads to the build-up of glucose in the blood, causing inflammation. Therefore, lowering insulin levels also reduces inflammation.
#4 More Focus And Energy
Eating influences our blood sugar levels.
Chances are that you have experienced a so called ‘sugar rush’ after eating sugary foods at some point and then the inevitable sugar crash that comes a bit later.
This is caused by the amount of sugar that is present in the food.
After eating, the body needs energy to process the food that is eaten.
The body needs energy for this, and this energy cannot be used to perform daily tasks, workout or do your job.
When intermittent fasting is used, the number of meals is decreased during the day.
This leads to more stable blood sugar levels, because of the reduction in sugar peaks.
The body gets the energy from the fat cells and can spend all this energy on performing tasks instead of processing food.
Besides, using intermittent fasting as a concept gives you timeframes in which you are allowed to eat. Once you get used to it, you are not thinking about food all the time.
#5 No Foods Are Off-Limit
This might just be the biggest advantage of them all.
Because intermittent fasting isn’t a diet but simply a timefram for you to eat.
It’s not about what you eat but when you eat so technically you can still eat the foods you love!
This is mentally a big difference compared to other diets.
However, Most Importantly..
Intermittent Fasting is flexible. You can combine it with any type of diet you like. Such as Keto, paleo, vegan, carnivore and still reap the benefits.
Just remember if your goal is to lose weight then a calorie deficit will work wonders!
Personally, intermittent fasting helps me lose weight because of the clear timeframe that allows me to eat.
During this timeframe, I can eat the limited number of calories I am currently allowed to eat because of my caloric deficit.
Also, my blood sugar levels are much more stable, which has a positive effect on my levels of energy and concentration.
I have to admit that the start of the concept was quite hard, because I went from eating five to six times a day, to only two to three.
On the other hand, the number of calories in these three meals was way higher than during the six-meal routine.
During fasting, I was hungry at first, but when I reached my eating window the three meals made me full.
So give I.F a try. It may just change your life!