Have you challenged yourself to a fast? Fasting, the abstinence or reduction from some or all food, drink, or both, for a set period, has grown in popularity and you're pushing yourself to give it a try. Your bestie lost 10 pounds, and your dad can't stop raving about the endless energy he has since starting one, but you're still hesitant because you don't have time for hunger pains.
The good news is that an empty stomach is perfectly natural. Fasting is something we all do while we're asleep and whenever we don't have food in our mouths — you're probably fasting right now. Fasting is practiced for a variety of reasons and can promote a vast array of fantastic health benefits, including detoxification, losing weight, and treating a medical condition. But before you give it a go, check out three health benefits below and consult with your doctor or health care provider, especially if you are on any medications or have a severe health condition.
1. Fasting Helps Prevent Diabetes
According to Healthline, Several studies have concluded that fasting promotes blood sugar control, which can be especially useful to those who are at risk of diabetes. Studies have found that blood sugar levels dropped significantly after participants completed short-term, intermittent fasting.
It was also observed that fasting reduced insulin resistance in participants as well, which again lowers the risk of diabetes.
2. Fasting Aids in Weight Loss
Fasting both lowers your caloric intake and boosts your metabolism, both of which can promote a natural, healthy weight loss over time. When studied by the International Association for the Study of Obesity, fasting was found to be more effective than calorie restriction at increasing fat loss while simultaneously preserving muscle tissue.
3. Fasting Promotes Detoxification
When no food is consumed by the body, the body turns to its fat deposits as a source of energy. These fat deposits then release chemicals from the fatty reserves and result in the elimination of these chemicals through the organs. This process corrects chemical imbalances in the body and helps bring the body back to a cleaner, more neutral state!
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