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10 Benefits Of Fasting That Will Surprise You! by donshaddow(m): 4:49pm On Jun 30, 2015
Starvation literally means
starvation. It doesn’t mean
skipping a meal or not eating for
24 hours. Or not eating for three
days even. The belief that meal
skipping or short-term fasting
causes “starvation mode” is so
completely ridiculous and absurd
that it makes me want to jump out
the window. – Martin Berkhan

Is it a good thing to ‘starve’ yourself
each day, or a few days of the week?
Well, a tonne of evidence indicates
that timed periods of fasting are a
good thing.
Fasting has become increasingly
popular over the years, especially
among the health community. Whilst
most health practitioners are afraid
to recommend eating less due to the
stigma involved, it still
doesn’t alleviate the incredible
benefits of fasting when used sensibly.
In this article, we’ll explore 10
benefits of fasting that will surprise
you , and how you can incorporate
them into your own life.

1. Fasting Helps Weight Loss

Fasting can be a safe way to lose
weight as many studies have shown
that intermittent fasting – fasting that
is controlled within a set number of
hours – allows the body to burn
through fat cells more effectively
than just regular dieting.
Intermittent fasting allows the body
to use fat as it’s primary source of
energy instead of sugar. Many
athletes now use fasting as means to
hitting low body fat percentages for
competitions.

2. Fasting Improves Insulin Sensitivity

Fasting has shown to have a positive
effect on insulin sensitivity, allowing
you to tolerate carbohydrates (sugar)
better than if you didn’t fast.
A
study showed that after periods of
fasting, insulin becomes more
effective in telling cells to take up
glucose from blood.

3. Fasting Speeds Up The
Metabolism

Intermittent fasting gives your
digestive system a rest, and this can
energise your metabolism to burn
through calories more efficiently. If
your digestion is poor, this can effect
your ability to metabolise food and
burn fat. Intermittent fasts can
regulate your digestion and promote
healthy bowel function, thus
improving your metabolic function.

4. Fasting Promotes Longevity

Believe it or not, the less you eat the
longer you will live. Studies have
shown how the lifespan of people in
certain cultures increased due to
their diets. However, we don’t need
to live amongst a foreign community
to reap the benefits of fasting. One of
the primary effects of ageing is a slower metabolism, the younger your
body is, the faster and more efficient
your metabolism. The less you eat,
the less toll it takes on your digestive
system.

5. Fasting Improves Hunger

Just think about this, can you actually
experience real hunger if you eat a
meal every 3-4 hours? Of course you
can’t. In fact, to experience the true
nature of hunger, this would take
anything from 12 to even 24 hours.
Fasting helps to regulate the
hormones in your body so that you
experience what true hunger is. We
know that obese individuals do not
receive the correct signals to let them
know they are full due excessive
eating patterns.
Think of fasting as a reset button: the
longer you fast, the more your body
can regulate itself to release the
correct hormones, so that you can
experience what real hunger is. Not
to mention, when your hormones are
working correctly, you get full
quicker.

6. Fasting Improves Your Eating
Patterns

Fasting can be a helpful practice for
those who suffer with binge eating
disorders, and for those who find it
difficult to establish a correct eating
pattern due to work and other
priorities.
With intermittent fasting going all
afternoon without a meal is okay and
it can allow you to eat at a set time
that fits your lifestyle. Also, for
anyone who wants to prevent binge
eating, you can establish a set time in
where you allow yourself to eat your
daily amount of calories in one
sitting, and then not eat till the
following day.

7. Fasting Improves Your Brain
Function

Fasting has shown to improve brain
function, because it boosts the
production of a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF.)
BDNF activates brain stem cells to
convert into new neurons, and
triggers numerous other chemicals
that promote neural health. This
protein also protects your brain cells from changes associated with
Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

8. Fasting Improves Your
Immune System

Intermittent fasting improves the
immune system because it reduces
free radical damage, regulates
inflammatory conditions in the body
and starves off cancer cell formation.
In nature, when animals get sick they
stop eating and instead focus on
resting. This is a primal instinct to
reduce stress on their internal system
so their body can fight off infection.
We humans are the only species who
look for food when we are ill, even
when we do not need it.

9. Fasting Contributes To Self-
Enlightenment

Fasting has helped many people feel
more connected to life during the
practices reading, meditation, yoga
and martial arts etc. With no food in
the digestive system, this makes room
for more energy in the body – the
digestive is one of the most energy
absorbing systems in the body.
Fasting for self-enlightenment, allows
us to feel better both consciously and
physically. With a lighter body and a
clearer mind we become more aware
and grateful for the things around us.

10. Fasting Helps Clear The Skin
And Prevent Acne
Fasting can help clear the
skin because with the body
temporarily freed from digestion, it’s
able to focus its regenerative
energies on other systems.
Not eating anything for just one day
has shown to help the body clean up
the toxins and regulate the
functioning of other organs of the
body like liver, kidneys and other
parts.

Source: medicalresearch.com

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Re: 10 Benefits Of Fasting That Will Surprise You! by Nobody: 4:51pm On Jun 30, 2015
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Re: 10 Benefits Of Fasting That Will Surprise You! by calculator123(m): 4:53pm On Jun 30, 2015
^^^^ made me miss ftc.op pls can u summarise
Re: 10 Benefits Of Fasting That Will Surprise You! by Fairgodwin(m): 4:53pm On Jun 30, 2015
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Re: 10 Benefits Of Fasting That Will Surprise You! by donshaddow(m): 4:58pm On Jun 30, 2015
calculator123:
^^^^ made me miss ftc.op pls can u summarise

Its already summarized. If I do remove anything from it, it will make the article less attractive.

Please do try, and read it all. Its for our benefits.
Thanks

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