If you’ve been toying with the idea of intermittent fasting, there are plenty of good reasons to give it a try.
The diet, which involves alternating long periods of fasting with regular eating, has a proven track record of positive effects throughout the body.
There are a few different types of fasting diets out there. Time-restricted eating involves fasting for a period of 12 to 16 hours each day, like stopping eating completely at 6 PM and not eating again until 10 AM the next morning.
1. SKIN: Exposure to free radicals can damage skin cells and cause wrinkles and spots. But fasting makes cells more resilient, helping them withstand damage, which keeps skin smoother and firmer.
2. MUSCLES: You always lose muscle and fat tissue when you shed pounds. But fasting ramps up fat burning, so you may lose more fat and less muscles.
3. BRAIN: Intermittent fasting improves various metabolic features known to be important for brain health.
This includes reduced oxidative stress, reduced inflammation and a reduction in blood sugar levels and insulin resistance.
4. HEART: Intermittent fasting has been shown to improve numerous different risk factors, including blood pressure, total and LDL cholesterol, blood triglycerides, inflammatory markers and blood sugar levels
5. LIVER: Fasting signals the production of proteins that control the liver’s absorption of fatty acids, hence fighting against the Fatty Liver.
6. BELLY: After fasting for 12 to 14 hours, the body shifts from burning glucose for energy to burning fat – including stubborn belly fat. Intermittent fasting enhances hormone function to facilitate weight loss.
Given the known benefits for metabolism and all sorts of health markers, it makes sense that intermittent fasting could help you live a longer and healthier life.