Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
As we continue to share ideas for Intermittent Fasting (or IF for short) today’s topic is the many benefits of Intermittent Fasting for your best life. Our first blog post is here - https://wendybottrell.weebly.com/blog/what-is-intermittent-fasting-and-how-to-begin
"Periodic fasting can help clear up the mind and strengthen the body and the spirit." ~Ezra Taft Benson
We know today that Intermittent fasting is a growing topic in the health and weight loss communities, but why?
Simply put – it works. Many people are finding a long list of benefits to this form of fasting, and not just those looking to lose weight. While that is definitely one of the top advantages, you will find many other health benefits as well.
It is a Simpler Way to Lose Weight
If you have ever attempted to lose weight you have most likely experienced what is called yo-yo dieting, right?
Well, Yo-yo dieting is not only not conducive to successful weight loss, but it can actually be harmful to your body. Here is a link to consider why this kind of dieting is harmful to your body - https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/05/01/526048767/-yo-yo-dieting-poses-serious-risks-for-heart-patients#
Too many changes in short periods of time can lead to many issues with digestion, weight gain, and abdominal pain, so you want to stick to one method and keep with it.
The reason why so many people are having success with intermittent fasting is because of how simple it is.
You just have to pick one method of intermittent fasting and stick with it, eating healthy real foods and moderately during the eating periods, and fasting during the other hours of the day.
It really doesn’t get much easier than that. This has been my experience over the past year. I decided to follow the 16-18 hour fast method for 5-6 days a week and it has been amazing. Simple to do and my weight has been reduced to 2 waist sizes without even thinking about weight loss when I started this practice. I was hoping to feel better, have more energy. I have experienced all those and weight reduction.
It Can Help With Blood Sugar Control
Moving beyond helping you to lose weight or burn fat, intermittent fasting it also efficient at controlling your blood sugar levels. When you do intermittent fasting over a prolonged period of time, and do it the right way, you can start increasing your insulin resistance and lowering your blood glucose levels naturally. When you do this, you just might help to treat your type 2 diabetes or avoid diabetes if you were in the high-risk category. More on this here - https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-health-benefits-of-intermittent-fasting#TOC_TITLE_HDR_2
You Can Increase Cognitive Function
There have been animal studies on intermittent fasting and how it can have a positive effect on your cognitive health, which helps to promote brain and memory health. You can actually reduce your risk for brain-related illnesses like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease with both a healthy diet and diets like intermittent fasting. Studies were performed at the Laboratory of Neurosciences at the National Institute of Aging on this very subject.
It Promotes Healthy Eating
Since intermittent fasting takes away overeating and requires you to really be conscious when you do eat, it can help tremendously with your overall health. Nutritious real organic foods provide so many amazing health benefits, for your weight, heart health, cholesterol, even your bones. With intermittent fasting, you try to have nutrient-dense foods during eating phases, so it can help you to learn to eat better overall.
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