Many people are looking for a way to lose weight quickly, from the clerk at the cheap hotel to the content developer at a widower dating site. When looking up ways to shed those extra pounds quickly, intermittent fasting is one of the results that pops up first. But what is intermittent fasting exactly?
This diet has become very popular over the past few years. It’s based upon the assumption that in Ancient Greece, the Spartans did not always have a meal readily available for them during wartime, so they spent long periods eating basically nothing, and then fueling up when they had the chance. AND they were still strong and ripped.
The modern diet means that you alternate between periods of eating plentily and periods of not consuming any food (fasting). The length of these phases can change depending on the person’s physical state.
What Happens in your Body?
When you don’t eat for a long while, your body changes hormone levels to make it easier to get energy from fat and speeds up its metabolism.
Insulin levels also drop, which helps in burning fat. Low levels of insulin also protect the body from developing type 2 diabetes and kidney diseases, which can be a direct negative side effect of being diabetic.
Intermittent fasting is also shown to combat free radicals, which cause the body to age. The chance of inflammation in the body decreases, too.
It’s good for your Heart
Improving heart health can be another health benefit of eating this way since intermittent fasting lowers blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol levels and inflammatory risk factors which are all major components in the development of heart disease.
Fasting initiates a process in the body called autophagy in which cells start to renew themselves by disposing of waste products, such as unused and broken proteins. This process helps avoid many illnesses, even cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
It’s Good for your Brain
Animal studies have shown that intermittent fasting is also super beneficial for brain function. The lowered blood sugar, inflammation, and oxidative stress levels increase your brain’s ability to work. Additionally, this diet has been shown to protect against strokes, depression and other illnesses deriving from the brain.
All in all, intermittent fasting has numerous positive effects that any person could benefit from. It keeps you lean, makes you healthy and lets you live longer.