❌🍎🍴FASTING 101🍴🍎❌ .
Fasting has benefits similar to those of calorie restriction diets, which has been shown to positively influence effects on weight loss and potentially even longevity. The problem with counting calories are its extremely tedious, requires a lot of guesswork and is not sustainable for some. Long-term caloric-restrictions without regular refeeds can be catastrophic for your hormones and lead to lower energy levels, loss of muscle mass or leave you feeling hungry and cold. Not fun at all. Here are the added benefits fasting incorporates:
▪️It mimics benefits of calorie restriction diets without the potential drawback and the need to intentionally restrict food intake. Studies have shown that intermittent fasting is as effective as a traditional calorie-restricted diet when it comes to weight loss, due to the specific benefits that occur during the fasting window
▪️Improves fat oxidation – studies have shown that fasting for periods longer than 12hours can improve fat oxidation and induce mild ketosis.
▪️Increases Metabolic Rate – shown to improve metabolism in an increase in energy expenditure. ▪️Improve blood sugar levels – can improve insulin sensitivity (how well you digest carbs), lowering your blood sugar levels and reduce overall systematic inflammation in the body. ▪️Normalizes appetite - fasting has been shown to help regulate ghrelin, the “hunger hormone”. Ghrelin antagonizes leptin, hormone that’s responsible for telling us we’re satiated (not hungry), so balancing the two is key to regulate appetite. ▪️Better Muscle Retention – Intermittent Fasting stimulates the production of growth hormone and testosterone, especially in overweight populations. These hormones are essential when it comes to building muscle and burning fat.
▪️Cell Autophagy – A repair process wherein cells dispose of damaged protein and replace them with new ones. Killing old cells and regenerate them with new and healthier cells. This process has been linked with anti-aging, longevity and an improved metabolism, as it recycles cell life making them more healthier/stronger. .
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