Why is Intermittent Fasting Beneficial

fastingIntermittent fasting is certainly good for you on many levels. This is the conclusion of a great deal of scientific research that supports the benefits of practising regular, intermittent fasting.

Most of us are familiar with the well-publicised advantages of cutting calories to boost our weight-loss efforts, partly because we’re cutting down on calorie consumption, but also because we reduce the daily strain on our digestive system and the break seems to improve our metabolic efficiency.I But there’s a lot more than just losing those extra pounds of blubber!.

There’s a surprising body of evidence that suggests that cutting down on calories also acts to prolong our life span. This phenomenon has been well understood since 1945 when experiments with lab mice clearly demonstrated the connection between fasting and living longer. If you’re interested in the background, the information can be accessed via this handy link: the study. But that doesn’t mean that we have to starve ourselves in order to derive the benefits of extreme calorie reduction. It seems that regular, intermittent fasting also bestows similar benefits to those associated with controlled starvation, particularly in terms of increasing longevity. Fasting has also been studied as an effective method in combatting cancer. There are centers such as the famous Buchinger Clinic in Germany, that have specialised for several decades in offering medically-supervised starvation to assist patients in neutralising cancers. The background to the technique suggests that once the body is freed from the burden of processing food – and, in many cases, the patient’s history has not favoured appropriate eating habits – it can divert more of its resources to combatting the disease. It makes sense and the results have prompted more studies to understand exactly how the body behaves when faced with a major reduction in calorie intake. The result of the research is that we can see a clear link between regular fasting and a reduction in cancer and cardio-vascular disease. If you’re interested in the science that supports these fascinating conclusions. you can check the data via this link : this comprehensive analysis

Let’s take a closer look at what happens when we eat and at what happens when we don’t. To make this distinction clearer, let’s start with the observation that our bodies tend to occupy one of two distinct digestive states. Either we’re processing and digesting whatever we’ve just eaten and this stage typically lasts for about three to five hours. This is when the energy is released from our food, insulin levels typically increase and this is the least likely time for us to burn fat.

As the digestive process is completed, we enter the second or post-absorbtive phase and this is when we’re no longer burning our food and turning it into energy. This second phase usually lasts from 8 to 12 hours and this is when insulin levels decline and we’re more likely to burn fat. Most of us don’t reach this post-absorbtive phase because we add more fuel to the system before the natural fasting state kicks in. During the post-absorbtive phase, the body is more likely to burn fat reserves to keep itself adequately supplied with energy. So now we can understand the connection between intermittent fasting and the body’s natural ability to lose weight.

Many people are motivated to adopt  intermittent fasting as a mechanism to assist in losing excess weight and there are good pyschological reasons to justify the approach. One of the obvious problems with most diets is the difficulty we face in maintaining the daily discipline required to stick to certain food types and a deliberate reduction in calories. This is where most of us fall off the wagon and lapse back into our old eating habits. But intermittent fasting allows us to cut the calorie intake without going to extremes. As we’ll soon see, we can cut out a meal, or a day’s worth of food, or even fast for a few days and not feel as if we’re depriving ourselves. This is a much easier approach to cutting calories, it’s much more comfortable than following a strict diet and you’ll still lose weight. Sounds like a truly great combination!

Dr Michael Eades, an intermittent faster who’s tried various diets to lose weight, summed up the advantages perfectly:

Diets are easy in the contemplation, difficult in the execution. Intermittent fasting is just the opposite — it’s difficult in the contemplation but easy in the execution.

Most of us have contemplated going on a diet. When we find a diet that appeals to us, it seems as if it will be a breeze to do. But when we get into the nitty gritty of it, it becomes tough. For example, I stay on a low–carb diet almost all the time. But if I think about going on a low–fat diet, it looks easy. I think about bagels, whole wheat bread and jelly, mashed potatoes, corn, bananas by the dozen, etc. — all of which sound appealing. But were I to embark on such a low–fat diet I would soon tire of it and wish I could have meat and eggs. So a diet is easy in contemplation, but not so easy in the long–term execution.

Intermittent fasting is hard in the contemplation, of that there is no doubt. “You go without food for 24 hours?” people would ask, incredulously when we explained what we were doing. “I could never do that.” But once started, it’s a snap. No worries about what and where to eat for one or two out of the three meals per day. It’s a great liberation. Your food expenditures plummet. And you’re not particularly hungry. … Although it’s tough to overcome the idea of going without food, once you begin the regimen, nothing could be easier.

— Dr. Michael Eades

The latest scientific research into Paleolithic eating styles identified the way our ancestors adapted to their environment over tens of thousands of years. As a species we have not fully adapted to a diet that is rich in grains or carbohydrates. This is one of the reasons that we have such a dramatic increase in obesity rates. Our diets are full of sugars and other harmful substances that degrade the quality of our health. Once we change to a more natural and smarter way of eating, most of the problems disappear. The exciting news is that intelligent nutrition is simply delicious and that our bodies respond incredibly quickly to these more efficient ways of feeling our cells.

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