Why you should try Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent Fasting (IF) has numerous health benefits, including: fat-loss, reducing inflammation, improving insulin sensitivity and more.
It may even help: prevent Type II Diabetes, prevent Alzheimer's, slow aging and may even help fight/prevent some cancers and other diseases.
Let's delve in a bit deeper:
With a shortened eating window, you can eat bigger and more fulfilling meals and still hit a caloric deficit. And calories-in vs calories-out is the name of the fat-loss game.
It can help produce lean muscle
Intermittent Fasting skyrockets production of HGH (human growth hormone) which strengthens your muscles, improves healing, and may even help fight erectile dysfunction.
It's no wonder why beasts like Hugh Jackman (a.k.a. Wolverine), Terry Crews, Chris Hemsworth (a.k.a. Thor), and Christian Bale (a.k.a. Batman) use IF to create a lean muscular body.
Not to mention Martin Berkhan - who is the father of Leangains and largely credited with popularizing modern intermittent fasting.
Intermittent Fasting is a powerful and easy anti-inflammatory method, not only for your digestive system, but for your entire body.
Almost all of your day-to-day pains and discomforts are caused by inflammation.
It's good for your brain
IF can improve mood, sharpen cognitive function and may even help prevent Alzheimer's.
Intermittent Fasting improves insulin-sensitivity (a good thing). When you eat carbohydrates, your pancreas receives a signal to secrete insulin, which tells your cells to take blood-sugar and store it for energy in the form of glycogen.
Frequent meals cause your pancreas to constantly secrete insulin, which can cause your cells to become numb to the signal that never stops, a.k.a. insulin-resistance.
It may help prevent and possibly reverse heart disease
IF can help lower your resting heart-rate and blood pressure.
It may also reduce LDL (bad) Cholesterol while increasing HDL (good) Cholesterol, and has even been shown to prevent and reverse the build-up of arterial plaque (atherosclerosis).
When you stop eating, it's like running out of firewood during a snow storm. Your body looks to burn other things to keep the operation running. It starts burning fat, junk cells, and anything else that it didn't have time to fully tackle due to working (digesting) all the time.
You can eat like a boss and have huge satisfying meals.
The goal is to get 16-18 consecutive hours of daily fasting. i.e. stop eating at 8:00PM and eat your first meal around noon-2:00PM the following day.
Many people choose to do alternate day fasting and will fast for a full 24 hours - two non-consecutive days a week.
You are allowed water and black coffee - no sugar or creamer.
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