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  • Writer's pictureDr. Bonnie Verhunce

5 Benefits Patients Can Expect from Intermittent Fasting

If you are looking for a way to lose weight while also enjoying several other health benefits, then you might have heard about something called intermittent fasting. Traditional diets might feel restrictive but intermittent fasting provides an effective alternative to weight management. One of the biggest problems people face when it comes to weight management involves eating too much. If this sounds like you, then you might want to explore intermittent fasting. There are a few major benefits that you can expect to enjoy when you give intermittent fasting a try.

Prevent Type Two Diabetes

One of the biggest benefits of intermittent fasting is that you can prevent the development of Type 2 Diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes develops when your body develops a resistance to insulin. As a result, your body can no longer adequately regulate its insulin levels. With intermittent fasting, your body maintains its sensitivity to insulin. As a result, you will reduce your chances of developing Type 2 Diabetes.

Reduce Heart Disease Risk

One of the most prominent issues with a traditional diet is the amount of sugar that people consume. While sugar is a major driving factor when it comes to Type 2 Diabetes, it also plays a major role in the development of heart disease. When you decide to give intermittent fasting a try, your body will reset itself and burn fat as an energy source. When you reduce your fat content, you reduce your chances of the development of heart disease.

You Will Feel Less Hungry

If you notice that you are feeling hungry, the culprit is Ghrelin, which is also known as the hunger hormone. When you decide to give intermittent fasting a try, you will normalize your levels of the hunger hormone. Because of this, most people do not view intermittent fasting as a restrictive diet because you simply do not feel hungry. As a result, many people find intermittent fasting to be an easier diet to handle.

Promote the Production of Human Growth Hormone (HGH)

Research has shown that fasting can raise the levels of human growth hormone. In some cases, HGH levels might increase by more than 2,000 percent! HGH levels are important because they drive fitness, health, and other benefits. In some cases, HGH can even slow the aging process. Furthermore, HGH can also encourage the body to burn fat. This explains why intermittent fasting can lead to rapid weight loss.

Reduce Oxidative Stress

Finally, intermittent fasting can also reduce the amount of oxidative stress on the body. When you fast, you reduce the accumulation of free oxygen radicals in the body. Free radicals drive inflammation and can lead to structural damage. This is one of the reasons why people who eat poor diets might end up feeling sore and uncomfortable. With intermittent fasting, your body will not produce as many free radicals. This can preserve your cells, proteins, lipids, and even your DNA. As a result, you feel happier, more comfortable, and reduce your chances of developing serious diseases.

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