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Intermittent Fasting for weight/fat loss

intermittent fasting

Intermittent fasting is not a diet but it is a healthy lifestyle that improves body and brain’s health. In fasting, you are the owner of your meal plan, hence try to avoid processed and packaged food.

There is a lot of confusion about diet for our health. Some dieticians and nutritionists suggest a low carb – high protein diet, some tell us moderate carb – low fat – high protein diet. With such opinions, it is difficult to decide whom to trust or what should be followed.

Fortunately, there is a best way to eat which may help us lose weight, improve our brain power and even increase brain productivity and also increase memory power, it is termed as Intermittent Fasting.

Fasting triggers mitochondrial- the Center of the cell which provides energy to the body. While fasting, our metabolism shifts from using glucose to ketones to energize the body.

The liver from fat produce ketones, that are one type of acid Increased use of ketones and switching back to use of glucose during fasting is known as “Metabolic Switching.

This is the main process which occurs during fasting in our body. Fasting triggers metabolic switching processes and food nutrients are absorbed easily by the inner wall of the gut as well as our body flushes out toxins from the body.

We all know that there is a direct connection between Gut and Brain.

Benefits of Intermittent Fasting:

intermittent fasting

-Fasting gives a break to the digestive system and downtime to the body.

-Many Physiological systems get rest. They utilize the time to heal and repair. Food stuck to the intestinal walls, it digest.

-Cleansing of the GI tract. Various poison eliminates from the body leading to detoxification.

-Cellular repair happens during the fasting, which reduces the  risk of cancer.

-Studies have shown that GH(Growth Hormones) secretion increases and fasting is a direct link to longevity.

-Research shows that fasting improves brain functioning, decreases inflammation, and reduces bad cholesterol.

-Studies in animals have shown that fasting protects against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

In addition, Recently the American Heart Association has declared – “Regular Fasting could lead to a longer and Healthier life.

Disadvantages of Fasting for longer span of time:

If fasting continue for several days, the body runs out of fat. Body enters starvation mode. Metabolism slows down, muscles start getting burnt.

Long fasting deprives us of essential vitamins, minerals and healthy nutrients. These can lead to fatigue, dizziness, drowsiness, constipation and dehydration.

Methods of Intermittent Fasting:

16:08 ratio: It involves skipping breakfast and restricting your daily eating period to 8 hours, then fast for 16 hours in between.

Eat-Stop-Eat: This involves fasting for 24 hours, once or thrice a week. For example, not eating from dinner one day until dinner the next day.

05:02 ratio: With this method, you consume only 500-600 calories on two consecutive days of the week but eat normally the other five days.

-Glycemic load food is the key for diabetes reversal and reversal of insulin resistance.

I hope that this article has explained everything to you about “Intermittent Fasting” and you find it useful in day to day life.

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Dr.Hetal Patel


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