One of the most popular fitness trends, Intermittent fasting is attracting people for various reasons like weight loss, health improvements as well as living a healthy lifestyle. More than a diet plan,it is an eating pattern which tells you when to eat as opposed to what to eat. Fasting is natural for humans all around the globe as it has always been a major part of many religions like Islam, Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism.
There are many methods for this that people follow, like the 16/8 method, Eat-stop-eat and the 5:2 Diet. This kind of fasting helps in eating lower calories all throughout the day and therefore helps in weight loss but it won’t help much if you eat high calorie food during the eating periods.
Health Benefits Of Intermittent fasting:
Weight loss: As specified above, it can help in losing weight and belly fat without restricting too much on the diet.
Insulin resistance: It helps in lowering blood sugar level by 3-6% and fasting insulin levels by 20-31% which helps in protecting against type 2 diabetes.
Inflammation: Makers of inflammations are one of the key parts in many chronic diseases and fating helps in reducing the same.
Heart Health: Fasting helps in reducing LDL cholesterol, blood triglycerides,inflammatory markers, blood sugar and insulin resistance which are nothing but risk factors of heart disease.
Brain health: By increasing the brain hormone called BDNF fasting helps in growth of new nerve cells which might also protect from the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.