Taking care of your body is an investment in your future and a commitment to increasing your quality of life. Too many people spend their lives normalizing symptoms, aches, and pains that can be medically addressed, but it’s never too late to start making healthier choices for yourself.
The New Year is filled with resolutions to get in better shape, eat healthier, and schedule overdue visits to the doctor. It’s also filled with advertisements, health bloggers, celebrity endorsements for fad diets, and controversial weight loss methods. In recent years, intermittent fasting has grown in popularity as the answer to the fad diet controversy, but is that an honest description of the practice?
Intermittent fasting is the practice of eating during specific times and fasting during other times. There are a few types of intermittent fasting methods. The most popular methods include:
When you fast, your insulin levels drop, and human growth hormone levels grow, making it easier to burn fat. During fasting, your body begins a necessary cellular repair process that rids your cells of unnecessary waste.
For the same reasons, the aforementioned reduction in insulin and an increase in human growth hormone, fasting can help you lose weight and target belly fat. Studies have shown that individuals who have followed a consistent intermittent fasting pattern are as likely to lose weight as those who restrict calories every day.
The answer to this question is convoluted. If you would like to lose weight, it’s important to do so in a healthy manner. Elimination and DIY diets have the potential to go too far without the supervised expertise of a nutritionist. Certain conditions may benefit from intermittent fasting, but you must consult your doctor before you attempt any restrictions on your own.
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