Intermittent Fasting:

Intermittent Fasting: Just the latest weight
loss fad or science proven results?

Intermittent fasting has become one of the most talked about weight-loss trends in the health community. Of course, the
only question anyone is interested in is does it work? First, let’s start with
what it is. According to Dr.Axe, intermittent fasting is the idea that you want
to eat typically “between a four hour to a maximum eight-hour window”. The
purpose of which is to reduce the number of hours in a day that a person is
eating. This will lead to fewer meals being eaten and therefore fewer calories being
consumed. Consuming fewer calories per day will undoubtedly lead to weight loss
but there are many more benefits of intermittent fasting that people may not be
aware of.

Dr. Axe lists the specific benefits of the
intermittent fasting regime as the promotion of Human Growth Hormone and
balancing of Cortisol, Insulin, Progesterone, Estrogen, Ghrelin, and
triglycerides. The production of Human Growth Hormone is perhaps the most
significant advantage of intermittent fasting. This is because HGH has been linked
to aging, in that there has been a correlation between aging in men and women
and low levels of HGH. Additionally, it is suggested that “working out on an
empty stomach in the morning can boost your HGH by up to 1000%”. Another
benefit is the balance of insulin levels when this hormone is not balanced it
can lead to further imbalances in progesterone and estrogen levels that “can
cause infertility in women”. Finally, intermittent fasting lowers triglycerides
that are responsible for “clogged arteries leading to heart attack or stroke”.

Intermittent fasting is not a new concept as
 it has been practiced by many cultures throughout history. As Dr. Axe mentions,
there is a reference to it in the Bible, throughout Islamic religion and even in
 Chinese history. Weight loss is the highest priority of any diet, but Dr. Berg
 suggests that it is not a diet rather a schedule change. He suggests that
intermittent fasting is about a steady reduction of the hours in a day a person
is eating a meal. He also acknowledges the benefits of intermittent fasting
promoting HGH that can not only help a person lose weight but aid in muscle
growth as well. Both of the aforementioned doctors also acknowledge the benefit
of combining intermittent fasting with a ketogenic diet. This means that the
meals being consumed are high in vegetable, protein, and other healthy fats,
specifically avoiding carbs. This will increase the rate of weight loss and
will improve upon the hormones affected by intermittent fasting.

Although there is significant backing and
 benefits for the idea of intermittent fasting and certainly everyone is capable
 by attempting the practice, one should always prioritize their own health above
 everything. For example, during pregnancy, a woman should trust the messages
 their own body is sending them as they are caring for more than themselves.
 Additionally, individuals with diabetes have to maintain a strict diet because
of this condition. It is still possible for these individuals to receive the 
benefits of intermittent fasting but it is highly recommended they work with a
 licensed practitioner to avoid complications as a result.

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