Intermittent fasting is becoming an ever increasing healthy weight loss solution across the UK following its hugely positive reception across the United States.
As more and more people hear the term, there appears to be much confusion surrounding:
- What practice specifically entails?
- How intermittent fasting benefits people?
- How intermittent fasting for weight loss specifically works?
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What’s the Point of Intermittent Fasting?
Intermittent fasting may well be the answer for those of you who’ve tried every diet under the sun and eventually fallen back into your old ways.
Well, there’s a common misconception surrounding the practice as many instantly assume it’s just another fad diet…
Intermittent fasting is in fact the complete opposite of a diet. It’s a strategically structured eating pattern which allows you to get the most out of your meals whilst gaining and maintaining a healthy weight.
It’s much simpler than you might initially have thought!
How Does Intermittent Fasting Work?
Based on routine, the fasting practice is perfect for those with time consuming commitments who are struggling with weight, health and digestion.
Fasting is commonly featured in health and wellness practices across a wide range of cultures throughout the recorded history of mankind. Believed to be the natural way in which humans would have eaten in their natural habitats, fasting happened before life advanced to the way in which we live today.
Intermittent Fasting Practices: Proven to Equate to Infinite Health Benefits
Many scientific studies demonstrate an abundance of health related benefits to intermittent fasting practices. These include some of the following:
Weight loss or, more specifically, rapid weight loss is one of the main desired fasting outcomes among women in particular. For this reason, we’re going to explain, in depth, how this eating practice aids in rapid weight loss solutions.
Understanding how this form of eating leads to fat loss is important when you’re considering embarking on the Pure Healthy Way: Pure, Fast and Listen online course & tranformation health plan.
So, first of all we’d like to briefly explain how your body fluctuates between two states daily. We call these states: the fed state and the fasted state.
In the fed state, your body is digesting and absorbing food. This state lasts approximately 3-5 hours where your body is performing all those scientific functions involved in the food storage and digestive process. During this state, your body finds it difficult to burn fat because your insulin levels are high.
The fasted state, on the other hand, starts around 12 hours after you’ve eaten your last meal and is the window where your body finds it much easier to burn fat.
Because your insulin levels are low.
During the fasted state your body is able to access fats which were previously inaccessible as your usual eating routine doesn’t allow your body to leave the fed state.
This is how your body manages to process and remove excess fat. You’re opening a window where your body is able to process food and excess fat.
Improved Cardiovascular Health
Studies performed also highlight health implications in relation to cardiovascular health. Results are demonstrative of decreased cholesterol levels and decreased systolic blood pressure.
Lose Fat, Keep Muscle
The practice of proper intermittent fasting is a proven method of rapid, healthy weight loss whilst retaining body muscle. During your fasting phase, your body is focusing purely on food storage and digestion which has no effect on body muscle.
Inflammation Reduction Amongst Asthma Sufferers
Intermittent fasting has also been shown to reduce inflammation amongst asthmatic patients whilst significantly reducing the risk of coronary artery disease.
Fasting Found To Protect Against Brain Disease
One of the most new exciting findings comes from researchers at the National Institute on Aging in Baltimore who have found evidence that fasting for one or two days a week can prevent the effects of Alzheimer and Parkinson’s disease. Research has now found that by reducing the daily intake of calories to 500 a day for just two days out of seven, the brain can benefit significantly.
Proper Fasting Can Help Prevent Diabetes And Heart Disease.
It has been shown that regular intermittent fasting reduces your risk of heart disease and diabetes. As a result of fasting studies show the release of significant surge in human growth hormone, known to speed up the metabolism and burn off fat. The more fat burned, the lower the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Doctors are starting to suggest fasting as a treatment.
Fasting Impacts Cancer Treatment
Another interesting recent study from The Scientific Journal Of Aging, found that cancer patients who included fasting into their therapy, seemed to have fewer side effects from chemotherapy. Recent tests and results reveal that fasting seems to improve survival, slow tumor growth and limit the spread of tumors.
Additionally, The National Institute on Aging has also studied one type of breast cancer and preliminary reports indicate that through a series of steps the body may be able to actually in effect starve out the cancer.
We believe that as research continues we will begin to see more and more doctors and scientists approving of intermittent fasting as a valuable treatment to consider.
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