Intermittent fasting, also known as intermittent energy restriction, is any of various meal timing schedules that cycle between voluntary fasting and non-fasting over a given period. Methods of intermittent fasting include alternate-day fasting, periodic fasting, and daily time-restricted feeding.

Benefits

  • HGH increase, When you fast, insulin levels drop and human growth hormone (HGH) increases. Your cells also initiate important cellular repair processes and change which genes they express.
  • Boosts your metabolic rate, Intermittent fasting works on both sides of the calorie equation. It boosts your metabolic rate (increases calories out) and reduces the amount of food you eat (reduces calories in).
  • lower total cholesterol, Alternate-day fasting may help lower total cholesterol as well as LDL cholesterol when done in combination with endurance exercise. LDL cholesterol is the “bad” cholesterol that can raise your risk of heart disease or stroke.

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  • Decrease your risk for diabetes, by controlling blood sugar and reducing your body’s resistance to insulin, the hormone that helps control the amount of sugar in the blood.
  • Help you lose weight and visceral fat, the harmful fat around the abdomen that causes disease.
  • Improve sleep, by regulating your circadian rhythm (internal clock) and moving digestion earlier in the day.
  • Protect your heart, by reducing blood pressure and improving cholesterol levels.
  • Reduce inflammation, which can improve conditions such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis and asthma.