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Intermittent Fasting: A Key to Running for Weight Loss?

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Blog By: Aishwarya Ghumekar

What is intermittent fasting? Intermittent fasting is style of eating that limits you to eating windows of 12, 10, 8 or 5 hour windows throughout the day. The goal is to maintain overall caloric intake, simply eating in less hours per day, in order to to create conditions of fasting without going to extremes.

I don’t really care for the source of this graphic, but it does a good job of visually showcasing the benefits of Intermittent Fasting.

BENEFITS OF INTERMITTENT FASTING
I love that there have been a number of actual studies on this and show the benefits go far beyond weight loss, though that’s surely what gets many people started.

  • Insulin levels: Blood levels of insulin drop, which facilitates fat burning and can help to prevent Type 2 Diabetes
  • Human growth hormone: Higher levels of HGH facilitate fat burning and muscle gain, it’s shown they could increase up to 5 times
  • Reduced Inflammation: During fasting the body handles a lot of cellular repair and reduces inflammation
  • Happy Heart: Lowers LDL, blood pressure and blood sugar (heart attacks are the number 1 killer of women, so this is huge!)
  • Better brains: Studies in mice have shown increased creation of new cells and hormones that are linked to prevention of depression and it could help prevent Alzheimer’s!


 

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