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9 Health Benefits Of Intermittent Fasting To Improve Your Life

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Last Updated on June 19, 2021 by Lori Geurin

Wondering how fasting can help you? Get the 9 health benefits of intermittent fasting in this post.

Fasting is a natural practice that’s been around for years. Many people love intermittent fasting for its proven health benefits. And some just love the way it makes them feel.

Say you were a caveman living in the paleolithic era. Your body would go through cycles of feast and famine. Out of necessity. You may be surprised to learn that our bodies are designed to live this way. Yet, when you survive in constant ‘feast mode’ your body doesn’t benefit from the natural repair and renewal it’s designed for.

So, let’s take a quick look at some common myths about metabolism before moving on to the benefits of fasting.

(Want our FREE Guide To Intermittent Fasting? Just click below to get your eBook now.)

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Metabolism Myths

Has anyone ever told you to eat frequent, small meals to keep your metabolism burning?

In reality, this advice keeps you in ‘feast mode’ and makes you hungrier (much hungrier) than intermittent fasting (IF).

I lived this way for years….until I learned the truth and experienced it for myself. Sometimes seeing is believing.

Yes, it may sound counterintuitive. I felt the same way at first. It’s one of those things you may have to try to experience for yourself.

So for those of us who need a little more convincing, keep reading to find out how intermittent fasting can not only help you feel full longer but also boasts many health benefits, backed by scientific evidence.

Win-win.

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9 Proven Health Benefits Of Intermittent Fasting

1. Cellular Repair

Your body is constantly working to cleanse and detox. But when your diet is poor or you’re eating round the clock, it doesn’t work like it’s supposed to. This wears out your cells, especially the mitochondria, which are recycled during a process called autophagy.

Most of all, intermittent fasting gives the body time to focus solely on repairing the cells. Also of note, new research shows the benefits of fasting for Alzheimer’s patients (1).

Here’s a quick TikTok video I made about the benefits of intermittent fasting.

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2. Weight Loss And Belly Fat Loss

IF can boost your metabolism. It can also help you lose weight and belly fat. Losing weight with IF causes less muscle loss than straight-up calorie restriction (2).

Related: Inspiring Weight Loss Success Stories With Clean Intermittent Fasting

3. Hormone Regulation

IF boosts human growth hormone levels (3). This is important because growth hormone promotes fat burning and muscle gains.

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4. Lowered Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes

IF can lower your blood sugar levels and decreases insulin resistance (4). Over 34 million Americans have diabetes and the vast majority of these cases are Type 2.

IF has been shown to reverse Type 2 diabetes. It completely reversed my severe reactive hypoglycemia, a precursor to Type 2 diabetes.

Related: 6 Natural Ways To Prevent Diabetes

This next benefit impacts everyone…

5. Increased Longevity

Studies in rats have shown intermittent fasting extends the lifespan (5). Though we need human studies to learn more about the impact on humans, these findings are promising.

Related: 10 Habits To Help You Live Longer: Boost Longevity

6. May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease. Currently, there is no cure.

With this in mind, animal studies show that intermittent fasting may offer protection against neurodegenerative diseases. These include Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s (6).

7. Reduced Oxidative Stress And Inflammation

Studies show that intermittent fasting can protect the body against the harmful effects of oxidative stress and inflammation (7). This is truly promising because inflammation is often connected to most chronic diseases.

Related: Best Superfoods For Chronic Illness Symptom Relief

8. Reduced Cholesterol Levels

IF decreases triglycerides and LDL cholesterol (8). This is the bad cholesterol. (Remember the L in LDL stands for low because you want this number to be as low as possible.)

9. Cancer Prevention

Cancer is a horrible disease defined by the uncontrolled growth of cells.

Several studies have shown that IF may help prevent cancer (9). Evidence also suggests that fasting may cut the side effects of chemotherapy.

(You may want to learn about clean fasting to improve your fasting results.)

Want our FREE fasting download that’ll show you Why Fasting Is Easier Than Dieting? Simply click the link below.

Need some inspiration for your fasting lifestyle? Get 42 powerful intermittent fasting quotes to motivate you.

Is Daily Fasting Healthy?

Yes, for most people it’s very healthy. But don’t try fasting if you’re:

  • pregnant
  • breastfeeding
  • underweight or frail
  • have an eating disorder

Also, if you have a chronic health condition, check with your doctor before you try intermittent fasting.

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Summary – Proven Health Benefits Of Intermittent Fasting

To sum up, intermittent fasting is an easy way to gain some amazing health benefits for your body and brain. Below, you’ll find more information about IF. In addition to weight loss, hormone regulation, and prevention of disease fasting can help simplify your life.

For the basics on how to get started with IF, please check out The Quick Guide To Intermittent Fasting. And for a Q & A on fasting, you’ll want to check out 9 Essential Questions About Intermittent Fasting Answered

Also, if you’d like to read about how IF improved my health, go to How Intermittent Fasting Cured My Hypoglycemia

I wrote an eBook all about my experience with intermittent fasting. This method allowed me to burn fat, lose weight (the effortless way), and be healthy. All without feeling hungry. As I mentioned earlier, it even cured my hypoglycemia. If you’d like to learn how I accomplished these great results, then you’ll want to check out my book HERE!

Have you tried intermittent fasting? What benefits did you notice? Share below!

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5 thoughts on “9 Health Benefits Of Intermittent Fasting To Improve Your Life”

  1. I’ve been seeing a lot about this lately after watching a lot of finess videos on YT. I’ve been considering it but it definitely would be a struggle for me, I don’t know if I have the discipline

    1. Hi Megan! I’m curious how long you’ve tried intermittent fasting. In the beginning it’s normal to have a few days or weeks of transition when you don’t feel your best. But after that many/most people (if you continue a regular pattern of fasting) find that they are less hungry because fasting changes your hormones.

      IF is shown to have a positive impact on ghrelin, the hunger hormone. This simply means that once your body adjusts to the fasting schedule you’ll actually feel less hungry.

      That said, getting to that point can be a little challenging at first. But the great news it that it IS doable and soo worth it! Here are some things you might try to help curb your hunger until your body adjusts to the new fasting pattern:

      1. Eat more healthy fats. Reduce your intake of refined carbs, especially sugar. Balancing your macronutrient intake can help.
      2. Get plenty of sleep. Not getting enough sleep can elevate ghrelin and make you hungrier. Aim for 8 hours minimum.
      3. Stay active doing activities you enjoy. This helps keep your mind occupied. 🙂
      4. Drink plenty of water, tea and coffee.

      Try sticking with these tips and you’ll gradually feel those pesky hunger pangs disappear! For me, it is truly the best feeling to go through the day without being distracted by hunger and low blood sugar issues that used to be a daily part of my life. I didn’t realize how much time I spent thinking about food because I was always hungry or feeling shaky, dizzy or weak. It’s brought freedom to my life to be able to fully focus on the people and things that matter to me instead of having to center my day around my next meal or snack.

      Please let me know how it goes and if I can help in any way.

      Feel free to email me at healthylife@lorigeurin.com I wish you all the best! X, Lori

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