Intermittent Fasting is becoming more and more popular as a bona-fide weight loss and fat loss tool.
Truthfully, intermittent fasting is nothing new. For those of us that have been in the health and fitness industry for any amount of time, we’ve known about is and we’ve probably used it. (It is my daily routine).
Chances are you’ve been hearing a lot more about it lately and you might be thinking, “A new fad in diets.”
Nothing could be further from the truth. It’s not new and it isn’t a fad. I believe that with people finally understanding how bad they’ve been lied to by big marketing and weight loss pharma, people are more open to looking to the real pros for the answers.
So, here it is:
Intermittent Fasting: What is it
Intermittent fasting is not a diet. It is a schedule for eating. It is a way to optimize your bodies natural chemical process surrounding the timing of fat release from cells, digestion and caloric burn.
The Health Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
There are many good reasons to give intermittent fasting a try. Improving your overall health and wellbeing is one of the major ones. In fact, there are quite a few different health benefits to be gained from intermittent fasting.
Lower Your Blood Sugar
Intermittent fasting can help you reverse insulin resistance. Part of that is due to weight and belly weight in particular that you’ll be losing as you fast, but a part of that is because you are avoiding blood sugar spikes while you’re fasting. If you combine intermittent fasting and staying away from sugar, sweets and white flour you can expect to see even better results. Wouldn’t it be worth it to reduce your risk for Diabetes?
Lower Your Blood Pressure
Fasting has also been shown to lower your blood pressure. As you are putting less stress on your body by cutting out some of the food you’re eating and as you’re burning off excess body fat, your blood pressure will start to lower, thus reducing your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Lose Weight – Burn Fat
Speaking of weight loss… one of my favorite benefits of intermittent fasting is losing weight. This particular way of eating and fasting seems to be very effective in losing the dangerous belly fat. You are continually moving from times of eating little to times of eating plenty.
Your metabolism stays strong, allowing you to burn off fat.
Fasting has also been shown to reduce inflammation in your body. It isn’t certain exactly how this is accomplished, but there is plenty of data out there that intermittent fasting is effective in reducing inflammation and the nasty side effects it brings with it.
Help Your Body Regenerate On a Cellular Level
Last but not least your body seems to go into repair mode when you’re fasting. Your cells start to generate and your body does everything it can to keep you in shape. Presumably, this is a genetic trait left from hunter and gatherer times.
During lean times, the body would regenerate and stay in shape so we were able to go find the food we needed to survive.
Today we can use fasts to mimic this famine effect and reverse the effects of illness, cancer and aging at least to a point. Does that mean fasting is the
cure-all for anything that may ail us? Of course not, but it is a tool we can use on our journey to better health.
There you have it!
A really good introduction to Intermittent Fasting and how it is a centuries old way of eating. You centuries when we weren’t measured as a society with an obesity epidemic.
If you want to learn more about Intermittent Fasting, head on over to the F3 Diet site. This is a 3 part diet plan that incorporates intermittent fasting into it as one of 3 pillars for effective and lasting fat loss.
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