Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting (IF) is the name used by nutrition experts to refer to the practice of occasionally going for extended periods without eating.  Often, people view it as an exclusive domain for the nutritional elite which is a wrong perception.  In fact, we always perform some IF every day only that it is not referred to as IF but rather sleeping.

The time from your last meal during the night to your first meal the following day makes up your fasting interval. While the time form your first meal of the day until your last meal of the day makes up your feeding interval.   In simple terms, if you usually eat dinner at 8 PM and breakfast at 8 AM the following day, you are fasting for 12 hours and feeding for another 12 hours. 

Intermittent fasting is nothing new as humans have fasted for years whether it is during the typical overnight period, during prolonged periods of drought or even for religious reasons.  The only new thing is clinical research on the benefits of IF on health and longevity is being identified. 

Research has revealed that IF if done properly, might help in extending life, regulate blood sugar, control blood lipids,  control body weight, gain or maintain lean mass among others. 

Rather than something that people are forced to endure as a result of poor food availability or cultural expectations, intermittent fasting is something that people who are health and physique oriented seek to maintain their bodies in top shape. Discover more facts about weight loss at http://diet.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Weight_Loss.

Some benefits of intermittent fasting weight loss include:

It reduces the following:
o    Blood lipid including triglycerides and LDL cholesterol
o    Blood pressure through the changes in sympathetic and parasympathetic activity
o    Oxidative stress using markers of lipids, protein and DNA damage
o    Markers of inflammation

Increases the following
o    Cellular generation and repair through a process known as autophagocytosis
o    Burning of fats through increase in fatty acid oxidation later in the fasting period
o    Metabolic rate which I stimulated by the release of norepinephrine and epinephrine later in the fast
o    Growth hormone release

It Improves the Following:
o    Appetite control through the changes in PPY and ghrelin
o    Blood glucose control by lowering blood glucose and increasing sensitivity to insulin
o    Cardiovascular function by protecting against ischemic injury to  the hurt
o    Chemotherapy effective by allowing for more doses more frequently
o    Improves neuronal and neurogenesis plasticity by protecting neutrons

All these benefits make intermittent fasting seem to be a fantastic cure for all conditions.  Research has however shown that these benefits can only be achieved after long hours of fasting around 20-24 hours depending on the level of activities.