Intermittent fasting is the most popular trend for wellness and weight loss today.
Many studies have shown that it has powerful effects on our body, brain and improved health,
but what is intermittent fasting and what are its real benefits?
Fasting is an eating pattern where it is divided into two phases; the phase you fast
or stop eating, and the phase you eat.
More than a diet, it is a style of eating because here we are not talking about restricting
food, but rather about eliminating food intake for hours to give your body time to eliminate
toxins and work better on digestion.
Fasting has been practiced since ancient times since humans used to hunt and gather with just
the right amount of food, making eating 4 times a day every day impossible.
With time and with the improvement of industry and technology, we can choose when to eat
and what to eat, making us sometimes choose foods that do not help us in good health.
Intermittent fasting gives the body an adequate amount of time to eliminate and purify toxins
that would not be possible through a constant diet throughout the day.
Fasting not only allows the body to effectively perform the tasks described above,
but also helps the body transform accumulated fat into fuel, accelerating weight loss
in a healthy way.
Intermittent fasting methods are divided into 2 main groups:
16 hours / 8 hours: In this method, you fast 16 hours eliminating breakfast from
your diet and leaving 8 hours remaining to eat. It can be done every day or a few times a week.
24 hours: Here we work with fasting for 24 hours, that is, one day a week.
During this fast you can consume water and other liquids that do not contain sugar or sweeteners.
Intermittent fasting benefits:
1. Your body begins a hormonal process making fat accessible
2. Promote weight loss as it reduces fat
3. Growth hormone can increase up to 6 times, helping to increase muscle mass
4. Insulin levels drop
5. Begin cell repair by creating the process of autophagy, where cell phones eliminate
dysfunctional and old proteins
6. The disinflammation process begins, thus helping with chronic diseases
7. The BDNF hormone increases helping the growth of new nerve cells in the brain
8. Norepinephrine, the fat-burning hormone , increases by creating a good strategy for weight loss
9. The study "Intermittent fasting vs daily calorie restriction" showed that intermittent fasting
can promote fat retained in our body from 3% to 8%.
10. The same study found that people reduced fat accumulated in the abdominal and waist
areas by between 3% and 8%, thus improving not only weight loss, but also reducing heart disease.
It is very important that before you start your intermittent fasting process, you cut down
on sugar and processed foods to help make the fast work fully.
It is also recommended to increase the amount of water you consume throughout the day to help
the body cleanse more easily.
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