Apart from the obvious reward of losing weight, intermittent fasting can help improve your overall well being. Here’s how.
Eases Weight Loss
Rather than sticking to limiting diets and dull meal preps, intermittent fasting helps you lose weight in an easy manner. You’ll probably skip breakfast, so that’s one less meal for you to prep, and you’ll eat at specific times, so you don’t have to think about your next “healthy” snack.
Improves Insulin Resistance
Given an unhealthy lifestyle, a lot of us are unfortunately prone to insulin resistance, a condition where muscle, fat, and liver cells don’t respond well to insulin. This results in an excess amount of glucose in the blood, which hinders these cells’ ability to use blood sugar for energy. Prolonged insulin resistance might lead to type 2 diabetes.
Intermittent fasting has proven to reduce insulin resistance by lowering insulin levels by 20% to 30%, significantly improving your weight loss process, specifically losing belly fat.
Increases Muscle Mass
When you fast, you’re stimulating your growth hormone produced by the body during sleep. Increased production of HGH will lead to improved muscle mass. This means better fat burning and a more toned physique in the long term.
As opposed to other diets that cause muscle loss, intermittent fasting won’t compromise your muscle mass.
Reduces Inflammation and Stress
Research has shown that intermittent fasting helps reduce free radicals in the body. Thus, reducing oxidative stress and inflammation. This can help lower the risk of multiple chronic diseases.