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Intermittent Fasting is a dieting strategy which has been gaining lot of attention. “Fasting” is a familiar word. I am certain that each one of us have fasted at least once for different reasons but many of us don’t understand the mechanism behind the fasting.  In layman words, fasting is refraining from all or some kinds of food and drinks. On the other hand, “Intermittent” stands for something that is discontinuous or irregular. So, on connecting the dots, one learns that IF is a cyclic pattern of feeding and fasting state. Fasting windows and Feeding windows simply tells us when to eat and when not to eat.  Remember, IF would never tell you what to eat. 

Why to do Intermittent Fasting?

Irrespective of our cultures, religions and genders, we have been doing fasting for one or the other reason.  The only new addition in the fasting world is to make it more structured using IF.  In this section, I will share some of the important benefits that IF provides.

1. Aids in Fat loss

One of the major advantages of adding IF to your any fat loss diet is that it will speed up fat loss. During the fasting window, human body keeps blood glucose levels in check. Thus, the body will stay in fat burning mode. The longer the body stays in fat burning mode, the faster body will lose fat mass.  

2. Reduction In insulin Resistance

Insulin resistance is one of the major health problems in present time.  The main attribute is to the lifestyle where physical activity has gone down and eating habits have worsened.  A study was conducted in eight healthy young men by subjecting them to intermittent fasting every second day for 20 h for 15 days. The study concluded that that intermittent fasting increases insulin-mediated glucose uptake rates which is inversely proportional to insulin resistance, thereby reducing the resistance levels.

3. Immunization Against Diseases Type 2 Diabetes

There have been many researches that show intermittent fasting facilitates weight loss, thereby averting the progression of type 2 diabetes and consequently improve cardiovascular risk. Moreover, Extensive evidence suggests that imposing fasting periods upon experimental laboratory animals increases longevity, improves health and reduces disease, including such diverse morbidities with cancer, neurological disorders and disorders of circadian rhythm. 

4. Improved Metabolism

Intermittent fasting can limit inflammation, improve circulating glucose and lipid levels and reduce blood pressure. Moreover, studies undertaken in humans have suggested that fuel selection is altered and efficiency of metabolism is improved while oxidative stress is reduced.

5. Saves Time

In this busy world, time saved is money earned. With IF, you eat fewer meals than without IF. Naturally, you end up saving time in kitchen. You can utilize this time spending with family, dancing and even reading articles such as this one. #novuscenters #healthy #burnfat #weightloss #antiaging



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