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Fasting and Its Implications on Health

Written by Dr. Sumaiya Jamil.  

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Research has found that fasting dramatically increases longevity and reduces health risks like

  • Metabolic dysregulation.
  • Atherosclerosis.
  • Cognitive dysfunction.

People who are well-fed have more chance of weight gain and insulin resistance which increases the risk of

  • Diabetes.
  • Hypertension.
  • Cardiovascular diseases.
  • Stroke.
  • Cancer.
  • Dementia.

Glucose and fats are body fuels for energy. If we restrict glucose intake, the body will utilize fats for energy supply.

Types of Fasting

  • Alternate day fasting.

Consuming 25 % calories on fasting days and normal on nonfasting days.

  • Time-restricted fasting.

1. 16:8 method

Eating within an eight-hour eating window two to three low-carb meals and 16 hours of fasting.

2. 5:2 diet

Fast for two days and normal eating for five days in a week.

  • Prolonged fasting.

Consuming no caloric food or drinks for up to three days or more such as juice diet.

Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

  1. Improved insulin sensitivity.
  2. Increased PGC-1 alpha.
  3. Reduced oxidative stress.
  4. Rids body of excess fluid.
  5. Decreased neurodegeneration.
  6. Simulates growth hormone.
  7. Stimulates brain-derived neurotrophic factor.
  8. Weight loss with prevention of lean mass.
  9. Improved blood pressure.
  10. Cancer prevention.
  11. Improved cognition.

For more information consult a weight loss specialist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dietician/weight-loss

Last reviewed at: 25.Dec.2018

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