As one of the most common modern trends in health and fitness communities online, intermittent fasting is more popular than ever. While controversial, this method has been shown to provide potential weight loss benefits and control over dietary facets. Here, Larry Greenfield, a New York-based health and fitness professional, discusses five intermittent fasting benefits.
1. The Insulin Impact
When you do not eat for a specific period of time, which is what intermittent fasting is, your body undergoes some changes. These changes can trigger some great responses from your body that can have positive health benefits. Your blood insulin level, for example, drops significantly, which can lead to your body burning stored fat more quickly. This can also decrease your insulin resistance and, therefore, your chances of developing Type II Diabetes, as well.
2. Oxidative Stress Reduction
Studies have shown that intermittent fasting can have a positive impact on slowing the impact of oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is a common cause of diseases as we grow older and contribute to aging prematurely. With intermittent fasting, your body’s ability to retain itself against oxidative stressors and not submit to oxidative stress-related inflammation will likely increase, decreasing the impacts of these issues.
3. Expedited Cell Repair
For your body to recover from injuries and even just the wear and tear of daily life, it has to repair itself properly. This means that if your cell turnover rate decreases, you may experience higher timelines for healing and recovering. When we fast, our bodies begin a process known as autophagy, which purges our cells’ waste. This preservation measure is beneficial since it speeds up the cell repair and turnover rate, allowing us to recover from workouts, daily life, and injuries or illness faster, in most cases.
4. Brain Health Benefits
Your brain is the control center for your body. So, it makes sense that you should do anything and everything you can to help it remain healthy and support its function. Some studies show that intermittent fasting helps support overall brain health and function. Leading industry professionals believe that this is because it may increase nerve cells’ formation, which creates a potentially higher level of function within neurological receptors, leading to higher mental clarity and function.
5. Cancer Risk Reduction
While not yet tested in human subjects, there is an indication that intermittent fasting can decrease the risk of developing certain types of cancers. In the study, rodents were given a dietary routine of intermittent fasting and showed evidence that supports a lowered development of mammary cancers. Other studies have indicated additional data supporting this as well.
About Larry Greenfield
Larry Greenfield is a certified fitness coach from New York, NY, who specializes in helping men and women over 40 get into the best shape of their life. Through years of experience, he’s discovered that personalizing his approach to fit each client’s needs and aiming for long-term results is the best path to improve his clients’ lifestyle. When he is not working, Larry enjoys fitness, art, traveling, and outdoor activities with his family.