Intermittent fasting: is it worthwhile to go hungry?
Intermittent fasting is a process in which we exchange the eating periods and the fasting periods, following a series of shifts. It is convenient not to confuse it with a diet, since it does not really change what we eat, but instead it changes the moment in which we do it.
The truth is that fasting is something natural for living beings. Ancient civilizations have fasted since the beginning of time, since, unlike in our society, food has not always been available.
Many religions practice fasting, gaining wellbeing in body and soul.
How does intermittent fasting work?
When we eat, the crushed food goes to the stomach where it must spend some time for the body to assimilate it. This process will make us absorb all the nutrients and energy we need to live. If we are fasting for a while, the body will not have this energy, so we will have to pick it up from the fat we have stored.
The body reacts to this behavior by increasing insulin production. The greater sensitivity we have to insulin, the greater the amount of energy we take advantage of food.
Intermittent fasting can help us reduce insulin sensitivity, making it easier for us to lose weight or develop our muscles.
Benefits of intermittent fasting
- -Reduces blood sugar levels.
- -Decreases the risk of type 2 diabetes.
- -Reduces the risk of cancer.
- -Regulation of blood pressure (protection of the body against diseases of cardiovascular diseases).
- -Promotes nerve cell synthesis.
- -Improvement of brain function.
- -Prevention of mental illnesses (such as Alzheimer’s disease).
- -Improves quality of life
Disadvantages of intermittent fasting
The vast majority of endocrinologists and nutritionists agree that fasting is a serious mistake that can cause serious health problems. There is scientific evidence that has shown that the body feels good to be working continuously (hence many diets are based on spaced meals, to make a minimum of 5 a day).
Concentrating all the meals at a time of the day can lead to a heavy digestion. Also, if we have a hectic pace of life, we may not have so much time to eat, which will cause us to lose important nutrients. Analyzing these pros and cons will let you know if intermittent fasting is for you. If you want more information, contact one of our trusted professionals.
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