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As the so called “trend” of Intermittent Fasting (IF) grows, I have gotten more questions about it. So I wanted to give you a post on 5 reasons you should try it. I am a believer in don’t knock it until you try it. So check these 5 reasons why you should try IF. You will thank me!
1. Intermittent fasting is the easiest way to restrict calories
Intermittent fasting is the easiest nutrition lifestyle that allows you to stay within your target calories without endless hunger pangs, and even gives you some elbowroom to make mistakes. Yes, you can eat more at your 3-square meals!
2. Intermittent fasting gives you more appetite control
Hunger isn’t driven by physical needs as much as cognitive factors. Oftentimes you’ll find yourself eating when you think you’re hungry, but it’s not when you body really needs food. In fact, your body has a tremendous capacity to store food and energy and work efficiently, and we can negatively affect that process by stuffing ourselves with food when it’s not needed or wanted. There is no benefit to freq
uent eating. You are actually training your body to be more hunger. Eating frequently does not increase the metabolism.
3. Intermittent fasting makes you more productive
One study found that healthy young adults who ate as little as 300 calories over a two day period experienced no decrease in brain tests and cognitive performance (including vigilance, choice reaction time, learning, memory and reasoning), activity, sleep and mood. Other research has found that long-term calorie restriction also has no effect on memory in older populations
4. Intermittent fasting reduces your glucose/sugar levels
When trying to lose weight and burn fat, lowering your blood sugar is important to avoid pre-diabetes, diabetes, insulin resistance and most importantly becoming overweight. The norm in the fitness industry is that by eating 5 to 6 frequent meals a day you would regulate blood sugar levels. This has been proven to do the exact opposite. By fasting you could decrease your sugar input by anywhere from 15-30%. This improves your ability to burn fat and improve your insulin sensitivity.
5. Intermittent fasting increases fat oxidation
Fat oxidization refers to your body’s ability to use stored fast to produce energy. A process that normally happens during exercise. When using IF you are increasing your body’s ability to use your stored fat as energy. This means that when you are burring calories more of those calories will come directly from fat.
So why are you not trying IF?
Try it and let me know.