Intermittent fasting has become a hot topic in the realm of diet and wellness in recent years. Due to its popularity, it’s also been the subject of several studies by doctors and professionals. So, is intermittent fasting good for you? Will it help you lose the weight? The answer is yes and yes.
In terms of weight loss, intermittent fasting works simply. When the body is denied food for as many as 8 hours, the body begins using stores of glucose within the liver and muscle systems as a source of energy. The glucose only goes so far, and once that is out, the body then switches to stored body fat to get the energy it continues to need despite not having solid food. Using this fat for energy leads to fat loss and weight loss throughout the body, while also promoting strong muscle health.
Weight loss isn’t the only area in which intermittent fasting has been shown to help. Those who fast intermittently can reduce their risk for type 2 diabetes, particularly if they’re already prone to the condition through genetics, improve their blood pressure, and lower their levels of bad cholesterol. One interesting study performed in 2014 even showed that periods of intermittent fasting over the course of 2 to 4 days may even be able to give the immune system a reboot by clearing out old immune system cells and replacing them with freshly regenerated ones. This leads to an overall stronger and healthier immune system.
One of the most popular intermittent fasting diet programs is the 5:2 Fast Diet and our All Organic Store has the book 5:2 Lifestyle by De Montalier and Debeugny to help you to master intermittent fasting as a way toward better weight loss as well as overall health.
Another great book is Fasting Your Way to Wellness by Lee Homes. In her book, Lee presents a simple, supportive and sustainable approach to intermittent fasting.