So what are the health benefits? If you read up on intermittent fasting, which I recommend you do, you will see that there are a wide range of health benefits. In addition to weight loss, some of the benefits include better blood sugar balance, increase in energy levels, decreased food and sugar cravings, lower joint and tissue inflammation, improved cognitive function, increased health, immunity and longevity, better heart health and athletic performance. How can one simple practice possibly do all this? Well, according to leading researchers, this all comes down to a cellular process called autophagy. Autophagy is what happens in the body when cells clean house and the weak ones die off. When you give your body and digestive system a rest, it allows the true healing to begin.
In your quest for knowledge on the subject, you will also find there are many types of approaches to intermittent fasting. There are 12 and 16 hour fasting window restrictions and even a five and two day eating plan where you limit two days of your eating to 600 calories. Another approach is to simply fast whenever it’s convenient — simply skip meals from time to time when you’re not hungry or don’t have time to cook. There is no need to follow a structured intermittent fasting plan to derive at least some of the benefits. You will find lots of different beneficial approaches that could fit into your specific schedule and needs, so feel free to experiment a little. Intermittent fasting can definitely make life easier, as you don’t need to plan, cook or clean up after as many meals as before.
And one last thing: While intermittent fasting can become your new best friend, keep in mind that the way you break your fast is just as important. It’s completely counterproductive—and even dangerous for insulin and blood sugar balance—to fast and then immediately binge on unhealthy foods. And, please don’t forget if you have a medical condition, you should consult with your doctor before trying intermittent fasting.