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Intermittent Fasting: Reasons Why You Should Embrace This Eating Plan

These days, one quick look at the internet would show you numerous types of diet strategies that all promise weight loss with some additional health loss. And while most of them do work, not a single one of them is gaining traction in the actual health expert world as much as intermittent fasting, which is now being lauded as a really effective way to control the development of chronic illnesses while also helping you lose the pounds you want to shed off.

In fact, research is also showing that when it comes to reducing body mass index (BMI) and improving glycemic control, an intermittent fasting diet can be really beneficial.

Intermittent Fasting

As a diet, intermittent fasting involves cutting calories either in whole or in part while also compressing your eating window time. This can be done every other day, a couple days a week, or even daily. This is because when you go throughout a normal day by eating all your meals in time, your body gets used to using sugar as fuel for energy. This means that the enzymes that both utilize and burn fat that’s stored in your body gets regulated. When you follow this diet, however, your body will be pushed to use fat as energy, burning it in the process and helping you lose weight.

As per research, there are also other ways that intermittent fasting can help take your health to the next level. This includes lowering your triglyceride levels, improving the management of your blood sugar, promoting insulin and leptin sensitivity, increasing the production of the human growth hormone, suppressing inflammation and helping reduce the damage done by oxidation, and lowering your overall blood pressure. Additionally, it can also help you reduce the risk of heart disease, improve your immune function, prevent (or reverse) type 2 diabetes, shift stem cells from a dormant state to self-renewal, boost mitochondrial energy efficiency, reproduce cardiovascular benefits you usually obtain from physical exercise, increase longevity, improve cognitive function, protect against neurological diseases, regenerate the pancreas and improve its function, and eliminate sugar cravings since your body adapts to burning fat.

Intermittent Fasting Doctor Carlos Pineiro weighs a woman at the town's health center in Naron, on September 13, 2018. Intermittent fasting can be adopted in different regimens and contribute to weight loss. Miguel Riopa/AFP/Getty Images

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