It’s always good to know all of these other benefits for extra motivation and to remind yourself that you’re not only fasting to lose weight, maintain that weight and get rid of disordered eating habits but you’ll also have a significantly reduced risk of developing diabetes, reduced effects of ageing, an improved brain function and the ability to fight disease and inflammation.
So overall, intermittent fasters are by far healthier than the average person who does not fast.
Research has shown that intermittent fasting:
- Regulates your insulin sensitivity, which is essential for optimal health as insulin resistance (when your body stops functioning well to store away blood sugar) is a major contributor to chronic disease such as diabetes, heart disease and even cancer.
- Regulates ‘ghrelin’ levels (also known as “the hunger hormone”) which helps our brain cells to regenerate to keep our memory and cognitive function sharp as we get older.
- Stimulates human growth hormone (HGH) production, which plays an important role in in slowing down the aging process.
- Lowers your blood triglyceride levels and therefore the risk of heart disease and stroke.
- Reduces inflammation and damage to your body from free radicals.
- Causes a protective process in the brain which can help prevent degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
So next time you’re struggling to get through a fast and you feel like giving up, remember all of these incredible health benefits to keep you motivated!