Intermittent fasting; a trend that has been gaining momentum in recent years. Many people have heard of it, but don’t know much about it yet. In this article, we will tell you 4 scientifically substantiated benefits of intermittent fasting.
WHAT IS INTERMITTENT FASTING?
Intermittent fasting is an increasingly popular eating pattern where you alternate periods in which you eat and don’t eat. Intermittent fasting is not about what you eat, but when you eat. There are different methods, such as:
- 16/8 method: 16 hours of fasting per day, then a period of 8 hours in which you can eat.
- 5:2 method: 2 days in which you fast with a limited calorie intake, and then 5 days when you eat normally.
- Warrior Method: All calories of that day go into 1 meal.
BUT WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF INTERMITTENT FASTING?
Although losing weight already happens when you eat less calories than you burn, intermittent fasting is a suitable method for this. You skip one meal a day, for example, so you save those calories. The next meal you eat may be a bit larger, but you don’t eat again when you’re already full. For a lot of people, intermittent fasting results in weight loss.
In addition, intermittent fasting prevents bloating. When you eat all day long, your body is also busy processing food all day long. When processing food, your intestinal tract produces gases. This can cause a bloated feeling. Intermittent fasting limits the period in which you eat food, so your body is also less busy processing food, and therefore, less gases are released.
INSULIN LEVEL REDUCTION
It also lowers the insulin level. This is because you eat less often, so your body gets used to reacting only when you actually eat. In addition, it can cause your blood sugar to drop by 3% to 6%.
LIVE FOR LONGER
Finally, intermittent fasting can make you live longer. Research in rats shows that they lived 36% to 83% longer than rats that did not follow an intermittent fasting diet. Although this research has not yet been done in humans, it is very promising.