Recently, intermittent fasting has received a lot of press and media attention for its weight loss and overall health benefits. But what is intermittent fasting, and does it work? Intermittent fasting is the concept of eating your meals within a specific predetermined window of time.
One of the more popular time breakdowns is 16/8. This means you eat your meals within the 8 hour window and fast the remaining 16 hours. For example, if your last meal ends at 7 pm you would not eat again till 11 am the next day. Then from 11 am till 7 pm you eat your meals.
Intermittent fasting has many benefits, take a look at the top three perks of trying this diet:
1. Insulin levels in the blood drop significantly
When insulin levels in the body drop, your body responds by burning fat, which in turn helps you lose weight more quickly.
2. Blood levels of human growth hormone increase
Higher levels of human growth hormone, or HGH, make it easier to burn fat and build muscle, in addition to other health benefits.
3. Less stress on your body
Intermittent fasting can reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in the body because fasting produces ghrelin in the body, which suppresses inflammation.
So who should give intermittent fasting a try? People who are looking to lose weight and reduce their fat. Intermittent fasting is similar to any other calorie deficit diet in that it restricts the frequency in which one can eat and therefore lessens the caloric intake. Whether or not intermittent fasting will work for you depends mostly on your personal preferences and how fasting makes you feel.
I would encourage you to research this topic. I believe this is a great thing to do for a healthy body. Personally, I try to do this 3 days out of the week: Saturday and Sunday and one other day of the week.
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