The idea of fasting has become increasingly popular over the past few years, and with good reason. There are many benefits of fasting. Weight loss is a big one but it’s not the only one.
But let’s start with the fact that fasting and what many people call ‘starvation mode’ are not the same thing at all. Simply missing some meals or even not eating for a day or two will not send your body into starvation mode.
Fasting and starvation are not the same thing at all. While starvation will eventually kill you, there are many benefits to fasting.
Yes, fasting does help with weight loss. This is why the idea of intermittent fasting has become so popular. With intermittent fasting you do not eat for a 16 hour period.
You do all your eating in an eight hour window. Intermittent fasting is sometimes referred to as the 16/8 diet, whereby you eat in an 8 hour window such as between noon and eight pm and then don’t eat from eight pm to noon the following day.
This not only helps you to lose weight it delivers many other benefits of fasting without the pain of truly fasting, whereby you don’t eat for at least 24 hours. You also don’t have to count calories which is a big benefit of fasting.
Another benefit is improved insulin sensitivity. By fasting, you can help improve your body’s reaction to simple carbohydrates like sugar.
Fasting also improves your metabolism. It’s true. Your metabolism doesn’t go into ‘starvation mode’ because you didn’t eat for a hours and slow down. Instead, fasting improves your metabolism and helps improve your digestion, while helping your metabolism to work more efficiently and burn more calories.
Fasting can also help to improve brain function. There is a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor. This BDNF triggers many chemicals that are helpful in the process of neural health, not to mention possibly protect it from the processes that can bring on diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
Another big benefit of fasting is an improved immune system. Fasting helps to reduce free radical damage in the body. Fasting can also help to regulate inflammation, while also possibly reducing cancer risk.
As you can see, there are many more health benefits to fasting than just losing weight.