Last Updated on February 26, 2021 by Lori Geurin
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.
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Has anyone ever told you to eat frequent, small meals to keep your metabolism fires 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 have to try to experience for yourself. Unless you’re a super trusting person – in which case, go for it!
(But for me? I’m from the Show-Me State so I require a little more proof than some.)
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.
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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).
Next, is a reason so many people turn to fasting…
2. Weight Loss And Belly Fat Loss
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.
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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.
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).
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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.
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.
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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?
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