You ever miss a meal and then wonder if life is even worth living? So happy we agree, that’s pretty much me on a weekly basis. So you could imagine my concerns with Intermittent Fasting when I was first introduced to it over a year ago. The thought of missing a meal or meals on purpose seemed radical to me. I was particularly concerned for the safety of those around me (you won’t like me when I’m hangry). But the more research I did, the more I came to understand that the list of Intermittent Fasting Benefits was long. And with that, lets dive in.
Tim Ferris is a best selling author and incredibly successful podcaster. Most notably known for his book The 4-Hour Work Week. He’s one of those people that normally has other people wondering how he does so much and is always on his game. Well, he casually does 72 hour fasts on the reg. Extreme? Sure. Benefits can be seen with fasts as low as 16 hours. But it simply further highlights how effective intermittent fasting can be in making you awesome.
So how do the Intermittent Fasting Benefits make you awesome?
Nothing wreaks havoc on our gains like hormones do… I.F. to the rescue. You’ll experience drops in Insulin (we’ve talked about this one) which will aid in fat loss. Human Growth Hormone also receives a boost (and you don’t even have to go the unnatural way, wink wink). Studies have shown that HGH may increase 5x. You know what that means?! Gains!
2) Lose Weight!
And you don’t have to live a life filled with salads!
So this has a lot to do with the above portion so we’ll consider this a 1B. Intermittent Fasting lowers insulin levels, will increase growth hormone levels and increase amounts of norepinephrine (noradrenaline). This all leads to increase in the breakdown of body fat and facilitate its use for energy.
If you haven’t heard, heart disease is a massive killer!
Intermittent Fasting has got you covered on many of the overall contributing factors;
Including blood pressure, total and LDL cholesterol, blood triglycerides, inflammatory markers and blood sugar levels
4) The Brain!
The brain is perhaps the strongest part of our body. Lets not neglect it!
Intermittent fasting improves many areas that have been known to contribute to brain health. Reducing oxidative stress, reducing inflammation and reducing blood sugar levels and insulin resistance.
5) Live Longer!
Isn’t that the holy grail? How can I live longer while still performing at a high level.
Well then, don’t sleep on the intermittent fasting benefits! Studies in rats have shown that intermittent fasting extends lifespan in a similar way as continuous calorie restriction.
While the studies on humans are still being done, the known benefits that IF provides for your metabolism and all sorts of health markers, it makes sense that intermittent fasting could help you live a longer and a healthier life
And for the sake of not losing you with a long list, I’m going to stop there! But the list could go on and on.
I’ll be honest, the first time I tried Intermittent Fasting was hard. The hunger was real and the mind started playing games. Then I tried my first 24 hour fast and that was more a case of boredom… Like what do normal people that don’t obsess over food do when they don’t have to eat? But I got it done and I’ve been practicing Intermittent Fasting ever since.
For those that have never done I.F. I would recommend to go out there and do your research.
Hope you found this useful and a good introduction to Intermittent Fasting and its benefits.