Intermittent fasting is really gaining great traction around the world, with more and more people testing and trialing the weight loss solution that inspired the creation of SuperFastDiet with a plethora of very positive results coming from it. There are so many great health benefits on top of just weight loss, making it even more enticing.
Improve your health
Recently, it has been discovered by many that the health benefits of intermittent fasting go far beyond the initial reasons many people try it in the first place, being just to lose those pesky kilos. A recent review that was published by the New England Journal of Medicine is just one of many proving this.
One of the co-authors of the review, Mark Mattson stated, “We think in the long run that an intermittent fasting pattern will likely decrease one’s risk for stroke and possible Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.”
The main difference with intermittent fasting to the array of other diets out there today is changing from the idea of losing weight being simply ‘what you eat’. Intermittent fasting focuses more on ‘when you eat’ and the particular patterns of eating. Three intermittent fasting methods are offered with SuperFastDiet to allow for you to pick and choose what works best for you. These are the 2-day method, 3-day method and the part-day method.
An increase in energy, both physically and mentally, has been found to also occur as well as greater learning and memory abilities, reduced anxiety and an overall better mood. Well, well… these are all unreal positives of intermittent fasting, on top of weight loss! It seems too good to be true, BUT, trust us… it is.
Fasting, as said by Mattson, is much more beneficial than just simply cutting calories every single day. We are sure many of you have tried that before, and pretty quickly failed. Deprivation is not the answer.
Mattson conducted a study comparing two groups of dieters, one simply cutting calories each day, and one partaking in the 2-day method. He found, “both groups of women, in our studies, lost the same amount of weight over a six-month period. But the women on 5:2 (2-day) intermittent fasting lost more belly fat and had a strong anti-diabetic effect.”
One of SuperFastDiet’s and intermittent fasting advocates, Dr Jason Fung stated “most people who are trying to lose weight have hundreds of thousands of calories of body fat sitting on their body. So why won’t your body use it? If you don’t eat, your body will use it.” Yep… I know, it makes sense, right?
One of the key reasons intermittent fasting is so effective, as Fung describes, is all down to our body’s insulin response. When you eat, insulin levels increase, which is one of the key functions of the body that informs our body of where to go for energy. When insulin levels are down, due to eating less, our fat stores and liver is where it goes to grab that energy as quick as possible. This is what causes the weight to fall off.
Chronic illness and intermittent fasting
This idea can also be related to how intermittent fasting can assist with assisting in chronic illness. What can’t it do!?
Type 2 Diabetes is a real problem among the community recently with obesity levels climbing. Dr Fung in 2018 published a paper in the British Medical Journal Case Reports. This paper followed three people who had been dealing with Type 2 Diabetes for 20+ years.
After treating them with intermittent fasting Fung explained, “within a month, all three were off of their insulin… and within six months, all of them were classified as non-diabetic.” This was done by fasting for 24 hours 2 to 3 times per week.
It must be made aware that often medical supervision is required, as cautioned by Fung.
Please be aware that certain groups of people are recommended to not partake in intermittent fasting for health reasons. These include people with a BMI less than 18, children under 17 as well as women breastfeeding or pregnant.
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