Did you know that skipping breakfast everyday is actually an intermittent fasting benefit and can lead towards a healthier, happier you?
Intermittent fasting is an umbrella term for various diets that cycle between a period of fasting and non-fasting. Intermittent fasting can be used along with calorie restriction for weight loss.
Intermittent fasting can help you lose weight, burn fat and promote muscle growth.
According to local dietitian, Robbie Clark, he says the following,
â€œIntermittent fasting is safe when performed properly, and can change the function of cells, genes and hormones â€“ and is therefore beneficial for weight loss and disease prevention.â€
This is because fasting gives our bodies an opportunity to â€œinitiate important cellular repair processes, and can change hormone levels, which makes stored body fat more accessible â€“ for energy and to burnâ€.
Intermittent Fasting Benefits:
- Blood levels of insulin drop significantly, which improves blood glucose control and facilitates fat burning.
- Blood levels of the human growth hormone increases, which helps facilitate fat burning and muscle growth.
- The body undergoes important cellular repair process.
- Lowers your cholesterol levels, which are all associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease
- Beneficial changes in gene expression, related to longevity and protection against inflammation and disease.
What Does Intermittent Fasting Look Like?
You will want to start by regularly eating during a specific time period only. You will want to shoot for only eating from noon-8pm – which is essentially skipping breakfast.
Some people like to only eat in a 6-hour window, or even a 4-hour window. AKA: the â€œfeastingâ€ and â€œfastingâ€ parts of your days.
You also can skip two meals one day, taking a full 24-hours off from eating. You can eat on a normal schedule and finish dinner at 8pm, and then not eat again until 8pm the following day.
Basically you would eat your normal 3 meals per day, and then occasionally pick a day to skip breakfast and lunch the next day.
How Does Intermittent Fasting Work?
Itâ€™s important to understand that our bodies react to energy consumption, like eating food, with insulin production. The more sensitive your body is to insulin, the more likely youâ€™ll be able to use the food you consume. This can help lead to weight loss and muscle creation.
Your body is extremely sensitive to insulin after a period of fasting.
After the fasting period, the glycogen in your body is depleted and will be depleted even further during training, which can further increase insulin sensitivity.
This means that after you eat a meal immediately following your workout will be stored most efficiently. Most of that will be stored as glycogen for your muscles, which as burned as energy to help with the recovery process and minimal fat is stored.
Intermittent fasting benefits are pretty amazing, right?
So why isnâ€™t everyone doing it?
A lot of people donâ€™t know about intermittent fasting, and more importantly they donâ€™t know how to do intermittent fasting correctly. Itâ€™s not the process of starving yourself, it’s about making your body work for your personal benefit and increasing your insulin and energy levels. Plus while doing it, you might even lose a few pounds along the way.
If you are interested in Intermittent fasting benefits, call MedHealth Urgent Care today and we would love to answer any questions that you might have.
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