I have been curious about Intermittent Fasting (“IF” for short) for awhile now. Several of my friends are doing it and have raved about how they feel great, have more energy, and just generally feel better physically and emotionally!! Who doesn’t want that? So, I’ve done some research and was planning to write a blog article about it until I got this AWESOME email from The Daniel Plan today! I could not possibly add anything better to this so here it is, sharing from their website! Check out the entire post here.
What are some health benefits of IF?
(SOURCE: this is straight from the blog post from The Daniel Plan linked above)
1. Lowers cancer risk.
Multiple studies have shown a link between intermittent fasting and a reduced risk of breast cancer.
2. Enhances heart health.
Intermittent fasting is thought to lower heart disease risk due to its ability to lower triglycerides and blood pressure and raise beneficial HDL cholesterol.
3. Improves autoimmune conditions.
A fasting-mimicking diet under 1,000 calories a day for three-day cycles has been shown to improve symptoms associated with autoimmune conditions like multiple sclerosis as well as lupus.
4. Improves blood sugar.
When it comes to managing blood sugar, intermittent fasting takes center stage. With its proven ability to lower insulin resistance and increase metabolism, it’s one of my favorite tools to recommend to patients with blood sugar problems.
5. Encourages weight loss.
Weight-loss resistance can often be due to an underlying hormone imbalance. Leptin resistance occurs when your brain stops recognizing leptin’s signals to use your body’s fat stores for energy. This causes your body to continually store fat instead of using it. Intermittent fasting has been shown to improve chronic inflammation that can dull the brain’s leptin receptor sites.
6. Curbs cravings.
If you’re worried you’ll be starving while fasting, you’ll be pleasantly surprised! Intermittent fasting decreases your hunger hormone ghrelin, which in turn can increase dopamine levels in the brain. (Just another example of the gut-brain axis at work.) Fasting can also help free people from emotional eating and kill cravings by transitioning your metabolism from unstable sugar-burning to steady fat-burning.
7. Increases cognitive function.
Studies have shown that intermittent fasting can improve degenerative brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
8. Improves lung health.
One study showed intermittent fasting’s ability to decrease asthma symptoms as well as reduce oxidative stress.
9. Helps heal the gut
Lowering inflammation in the gut with intermittent fasting improves inflammatory gut problems such as IBS, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s disease.
While the idea of fasting can be overwhelming, especially if you haven’t done it before, intermittent fasting can actually be a lot easier than many other types of eating plans. Since you are fasting for a good chunk of the day, you’ll be eating less food, which eliminates a lot of the stress around having to meal prep. When you are eating, you’ll still want to focus mainly on healthy fats, clean protein, and carbohydrates from whole food sources—but this isn’t an excuse to hit the drive-thru and load up on sugar the rest of the time!
I trust The Daniel Plan to give us the best info possible and not lead us astray! There is a ton more info over at their Blog, so hop on over there to find out how IF works, some great recipe suggestions, and more!
If you are one of those that is doing IF, drop me a comment below and tell us what you think about it and how it makes you feel! I’d love to hear from all the IF-ers out there!
Until next time…