Here are the top 10 benefits based on the evidence of intermittent fasting
1. Intermittent fasting changes the function of cells, genes and hormones
When you fast, insulin levels drop and human growth hormone increases. Your cells also initiate important processes of cell repair and change the genes they express.
2. Intermittent fasting can help you lose weight and belly fat
Intermittent fasting helps you eat fewer calories, while slightly increasing your metabolism. It is a very effective tool to lose weight and belly fat.
3. Intermittent fasting can reduce insulin resistance, reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes
Intermittent fasting can reduce insulin resistance and lower blood sugar levels, at least in men.
4. Intermittent fasting can reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in the body
Studies show that intermittent fasting can reduce oxidative damage and inflammation in the body. This should have benefits against aging and the development of numerous diseases.
5. Intermittent fasting can be beneficial for heart health
Studies show that intermittent fasting can improve numerous risk factors for heart disease such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglycerides and inflammatory markers.
6. Intermittent fasting induces several cellular repair processes
Fasting triggers a metabolic pathway called autophagy, which removes the waste material from the cells.
7. Intermittent fasting can help prevent cancer
It has been shown that intermittent fasting helps prevent cancer in animal studies. An article in humans showed that it can reduce the side effects caused by chemotherapy.
8. Intermittent fasting is good for your brain
Intermittent fasting can have important benefits for brain health. It can increase the growth of new neurons and protect the brain from damage.
9. Intermittent fasting can help prevent Alzheimer's disease
Studies in animals suggest that intermittent fasting may protect against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease.
10. Intermittent fasting can extend its lifespan, helping you live longer
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