The benefits of restricting calories on health and extending life span are well established.
Fasting has been used for thousands of years for spiritual and health benefits and has become popular in recent times due to the celebrity endorsement of intermittent fasting, aka the ‘5:2 diet’!
It can improve glucose tolerance
Insulin resistance is generally caused as a result of the body’s reduced ability to remove excess glucose from the blood either because insufficient insulin is released or the glucose receptors have become less sensitive.
Excess glucose will be converted to fat and stored in tissues not suitable for fat storage.
As the body uses fat as a fuel during intermittent fasting, fat stores will reduce allowing the cells to regain insulin function and glucose sensitivity.
Studies show that intermittent fasting can improve many health parameters especially in pre-diabetic and insulin resistant people, where a caloric restriction can avoid the need to use medication.
Further findings also suggest that short term intermittent fasting may be a safe and tolerable dietary intervention for those already diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and may improve body weight and fasting glucose levels.
It helps to establish a routine
Although it can be difficult to establish a new way of eating in conjunction with family or work commitments at the outset, once you’ve developed a plan that works, tweaking and adjusting to suit your lifestyle, it’ll soon simply become the way you eat, in terms of timings and good quality meal choices.
Understanding your body’s genuine hunger signals and not confusing them with cravings often associated with the consumption of too many processed foods will give you greater understanding of your body and improve your confidence to maintain healthy habits.
Having a regular routine, with strict eating times, can simplify your day to day life especially if you’re feeling good for it.
It improves your skin health
Many skin conditions can be alleviated by eating a good quality diet, high in vegetables and fiber and avoiding processed foods.
To ensure adequate nutrients with intermittent fasting, you will need to avoid these pro-inflammatory foods that offer little nutritive value and in doing so, you will reduce inflammation, often associated with skin conditions such as acne and eczema.
Furthermore, if you suspect your skin condition is exacerbated by a specific food sensitivity or intolerance, eliminating this food during a fast will offer you the opportunity to re-introduce a food one at a time afterwards, to establish if it is the culprit.
It makes you more resistance to health conditions
Intermittent fasting’s ability to reduce weight will result in lower body fat.
This has further benefits to many health outcomes including improving heart function, helping to prevent cancer and generally improved immune health.
It will help you focus
Being in control of regulating your food intake also makes you more aware of your body.
This deepened sense of understanding and connection can help reduce stress and anxiety and allow you to have a clear mind to focus.
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Source: Daily Mail