Benefits of Intermittent Fasting – 16/8 (And Other Diets)
Hey everyone, I’ve had a few people contacting me to ask me what the benefits of Intermittent Fasting are.
When they ask this, they are looking for more than just information about how easy it is to lose weight with the diet. Even my journey which resulted in me dropping fifty pounds isn’t their main concern.
And on a level, I get that. Because you can lose weight with any diet, if you stick with it long enough.
So why Intermittent Fasting over all the other options? I mean, fasting for 16 hours? Or even 18, or maybe even 24 hours completely?
What makes this diet so much better than the others? And why is Intermittent Fasting so dang popular?
Well, I’ll tell you.
Acne and Eczema clear up faster during short-term fasting. While your body is no longer diverting resources to the digestive system, it focuses on other issues. Skin damage is one of them, as are toxins that can be causing acne (among other problems).
This is more of a side benefit, but if you’re drinking plenty of water on your Intermittent Fasting (you should be) you’ll also get:
– Improved blood circulation
– Evened skin tone
As your skin gets more hydrated and is able to heal and renew itself quicker than ever before. These benefits also extend to the healing of acne scars.
Like I said, I lost 50 pounds with Intermittent Fasting, (with a little help from the Bikini Body Workouts). Here’s why IF is so beneficial for fat loss –
– Insulin is Lowered
Insulin naturally increases and builds up the more we eat (as does Glucose). While fasting, your body has time to regulate levels of Insulin back to nromal. And lower levels of Insulin are linked to
– Norepiphrine is sent to fat cells
The nervous system sends norepinephrine to your fat cells, causing them to break down body fat into fatty acids that are then converted into energy.
– Metabolism Boosting
If you don’t believe me (or my studies) there are plenty of other success stories through Intermittent Fasting. Even additional studies have shown that for people doing IF, body weight dropped by 3-8% over a 3-24 week period. I posted my own results of what happened when I did Intermittent Fasting for 1 month.
– You’re Eating Less
Even outside the obvious with a “fast”, intermittent fasting requires you to eat your daily calories in a smaller window than you’re used to. This, naturally, leads to you being unable to eat as much as you could in a full day, because your meals are less spread out.
If you’re going to do a healthy eating schedule, you might as well consider eating better as well. This guide of what to eat while on Intermittent Fasting can help you clean up your diet, which opens the flood gates for a myriad of other benefits outside of fasting itself.
Usually when you’re dieting, you’re going to see a loss of muscle as well as fat. It’s inescapable.
But Intermittent Fasting has shown to have a much smaller reduction in muscle mass than other diets.
In a calorie restriction study, 25% of weight loss was muscle mass for most diets. But for Intermittent Fasting, it was only 10%!
For many of you, you may see this as a nonissue. You’re not trying to become a bodybuilder.
But the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn naturally. That means you’ll have an easier turn burning fat, or inversely, you can look at it as being able to get away with eating a little bit more than normal.
So, building a little muscle and keeping it can be beneficial.
Not to mention the fact that getting toned can firm up your skin and vastly improve your figure.
“One of the only ways to slow down the progression of aging that involves disease or organ malfunctions is to reduce energy intake”
– Mark Mattson
Mark Mattson, a professor of neuroscience at the School of Medicine, were the ones who first suggested that fasting twice a week could significantly lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s.
Mattson went on to describe strengthening to the brain to being similar to strengthening your muscles – you want to promote growth by stressing them out.
But this doesn’t mean encouraging headaches and migraines. Instead, there’s a specific kind of stress the mind can benefit from – the stress from a fast.
“In studies involving experimental mice, neurons in the brain become more active when the rodents are hungrily searching for food. What’s more, fasting animals develop protective measures against damage from stroke and other mechanisms that cause degeneration in the brain.”
The stress from being in a fasted state tricks your brain into going into hunter mode. Your brain is most engaged when it’s in hunter mode – it’s how we survived in the days before society. The individuals who survive the best were the individuals with higher brain power – who knew how to respond to predators and threats, and could remember how to approach various sources of food, or where food sources were even located.
And for the record, Mattson defines a fast as anything under 500 calories per fasting day.
Other Benefits include:
– More Brain Cells
Mattsn also linked fasting to increase rates of Neurogensis in the brain.
Neurogensis is the growth and development of new brain cells and nerve tissues.
– Reduced Inflammation
Excessive inflammation is known to be related to Alzheimer’s, dementia, obesity, Parkinson’s, diabetes, and more.
But fasting allows your body to fight natural inflammation from insulin and glucose build-up (a natural side effect of eating). During this time, insulins levels drop, and your body can regulate itself back to normal.
– More Human Growth Hormone
Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is not something reserved for bodybuilders trying to get as big as possible. It’s a natural chemical that all human beings use, and most importantly…
HGH is linked to powerful anti-aging and longevity benefits, in addition to improving cognition and promoting neurogenesis.
Despite all these benefits, people still fail at Intermittent Fasting.
Which is something I touched on in my first blog post. And the reason is that some people fall for the trap a few people are saying.
“Eat whatever you want, just do it with a certain time table and you’ll drop that weight!”
Really? So I can keep eating whatever I want? I don’t have to put down the cake and fries?!
“Well, I mean –“
Thanks! Intermittent Fasting, here I come!
The truth is that Intermittent Fasting, even with its numerous benefits, is not the end-all be-all solution to your diet troubles. And if you’re on this blog, you have diet troubles.
Because people who are doing everything right don’t read reasons why they should be changing.
Iron deificiency leads to anemia. Vitamin A deficiency has a higher mortality rate in pregnant women. VItamin B-3 deficiency causes dementia.
There are more reasons to get your diet in check, and they are not even close to all be reflected on a weight scale.
Which is why, if you’re here, and you’re willing to take the steps to kick your diet to where it needs to be, I recommend you invest in this FREE keto cookbook. It’s a bestseller guide, and an excellent introduction into a keto world, which in, in conjunction with Intermittent Fasting, is how I lost 50 pounds in 3 months.
Because trying to get fit is hard. The fake “it solves everything” fitness gurus never tell you how HARD finding the right diet is. Intermittent Fasting isn’t for everyone. Keto isn’t for everyone. 2B Mindset isn’t for everyone. But they all look good.
Like shopping for a new car. But you don’t take a car off the lot based on how it looks. You have to deal with a slime-ball salesman trying to get you into it, and then you better be demanding a test drive. You’re trying to pick the new vehicle you’ll use to get around and be seen in all around town.
Picking a diet is EXACTLY the same.
You have to TRY OUT different diets and see how they work best for you. You have to hold yourself accountable. A diet failing doesn’t have to mean, “I’m going to stay at this weight then.” It means “on to the next.” Keto, which works to eliminate dependency on carbs, which have been modified by humans until they are unrecognizable from where they used to be 50 years ago, is as close to a Tesla as you can get. A modern solution to a problem that’s existed for years.
Start with this keto cookbook. It includes an introduction to Keto in general, as well as how to defeat cravings. Go ahead. Read the manual for that new car.
And after that?
Do Intermittent Fasting Right
I recommend you purchase and read Eat Stop Eat, the original Intermittent Fasting book which arms you with more knowledge on what you’re doing and why it’s working. Doing so empowers you in your weaker moments, because you understand what’s happening and why it’s happening. This is how I got started, although I don’t follow the timing anymore (the rest of the information is still invaluable).
Let’s get started!