A lot of fad diets have come and gone over the years, but one of the latest trends seems like it has some staying power. It’s called intermittent fasting. With intermittent fasting, you simply reorganize the times that you eat. Naturally, you should still reach for healthier foods whenever possible, but the key is to eat the majority of your diet during specific times of day, or even specific days of the week.
For example, one common type of intermittent fasting is the 16:8 ratio. This method requires you to abstain from eating for 16 hours per day (you will be asleep for approximately half that time), and then resume eating during an 8-hour period. You can still sneak in a few calories here and there during the “fasting” period, but you should reserve most of your calories for the “eating” period.
Alternatively, you can also go with the 5:2 ratio. This method allows you to eat normally for 5 days per week. However, during the 2 remaining days, you should eat no more than 600 calories per day. Some people may find this method a little harder, as the “fasting” days can start to feel very long.
In any case, intermittent fasting has proven to have dozens of benefits for your mind and body. So, let’s take a look at the top 5 benefits of intermittent fasting!
Boost Cell Repair
Contrary to popular belief, intermittent fasting doesn’t make your body weaker. In fact, it makes it a whole lot stronger! By depriving your body of food for set amounts of time, you give your body time to repair cells and get rid of waste. Much like the stem cell therapy you can get with ThriveMD, intermittent fasting has the capacity to rebuild healthy cells quickly.
This is the most popular reason for starting intermittent fasting. Focusing your eating times during certain parts of the day (or certain days of the week) stimulates the natural fat-burning processes in the body. It also gives you less time to eat, which usually makes you eat less food overall! In short, intermittent fasting is one of the easiest and safest ways to lose weight fast.
Lowers the Risk of Diabetes
Intermittent fasting has been proven to reduce insulin resistance. This, in turn, lowers blood sugar levels. As you can probably imagine, lower blood sugar levels can greatly reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Reduce Oxidative Stress and Inflammation
Oxidative stress and inflammation can cause you to age prematurely. With time, you’ll see more wrinkles and more weathered skin. Your diet can have a huge impact on these processes. Fortunately, intermittent fasting can reduce oxidative stress and inflammation, thereby slowing the aging process!
Reduce the Risk of Cancer
It’s important to note that there’s no way to completely prevent all types of cancer. However, there are many behaviors that you can adopt to reduce your risk of getting a cancer diagnosis. Various studies have already shown that intermittent fasting’s effect on metabolism can help prevent several common types of cancer.
So, what are you waiting for? Get started with intermittent fasting today and improve your health for the future!