What is intermittent fasting, and what are its advantages? Keep reading to find out!
What is Intermittent Fasting?
Intermittent fasting is a short-term fast that lasts for 12-36 hours. The duration and timing of the fast vary depending on what works best for the individual. Many supporters find that an 18 hour fast that begins after dinner and ends at lunch is the easiest to follow.
Advantages of Intermittent Fasting
Is intermittent fasting worth it? Let's look at its benefits to help you decide.
Weight Loss and Maintenance
Intermittent fasting reduces insulin levels, which causes your body to burn fat. Also, you are likely to consume fewer calories when you restrict your meals to set hours of the day.
Improves Exercise Results
The absence of glycogen (stored carbohydrates) causes your body to burn fat for fuel.
Some exercisers also claim that they have more energy when working out on an empty stomach. Plus, it's easier to move around when you aren't weighed down by a recent meal.
Excess weight can cause type 2 diabetes, but fasting can help you lose or maintain weight. This might help to prevent type 2 diabetes.
Helps Prevent Cancer
Based on animal studies, intermittent fasting could reduce the risk of cancer. The results of these studies are quite encouraging. Keep in mind that experts haven't studied this in humans.
Boosts Heart Health
Intermittent fasting can improve heart health by:
- Normalizing blood pressure;
- Lowering cholesterol;
- And reducing triglycerides.
There are advantages of intermittent fasting, but it doesn't work for everyone.
Go ahead and try it. It might be what you need to improve your health and lose weight.
**Always consult your physician before beginning any nutrition program. This general information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional.