5 Benefits of Paleo and Intermittent Fasting

By on November 7, 2014

So: recently, I’ve been experimenting with intermittent fasting.

I know what you’re thinking: starvation is no way to live. Depriving yourself is NO way to live. And I agree with you, of course. It’s just—I wanted to better understand the “fasting” game. So about five weeks ago, I started incorporating intermittent fasting into my life. Incredibly, I felt instant results.

What is Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent fasting allows me to formulate a fasting period into my everyday life. Many people do this differently—and it’s generally up to your schedule and the way your body works. For example, some people fast for an entire day once a week to cleanse themselves; while other people fast during the day to give their bodies a break.

And in actuality, research shows that skipping a few meals actually boosts your health and weight loss capabilities.

I fast from around 11 PM (I eat a late dinner) to 2 PM the next day. During the mornings, I get a ton of stuff done; my mind isn’t focused on food. I don’t even allow myself to have small snacks. And, honestly, I’ve never felt better. I don’t think about food the same way I used to. I don’t CRAVE food. Instead, I think of food as my long-term relationship partner. We see each other when we can, but we’re good apart from each other, as well.

The clock is my ultimate diet ruler.

The clock is the ultimate king of my intermittent fasting plan.

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Note that intermittent fasting is NOT an eating disorder. It is a controlled method by which many people—including myself, helllooo skinny jeans—work to lose weight.

Look to the following benefits of intermittent fasting to decide if this lifestyle is best for you:

1. Fasting lowers your insulin levels.

When you have too much insulin in your blood stream as a result of too much glucose, your body is unable to release its stored fats. Therefore, even if you eat sparingly throughout the day, you have a consistent level of insulin in your bloodstream, keeping those hated fat cells intact.

2. Fasting can boost your exercise performance.

If you are an athlete or an avid exerciser, you might want to try exercising at least two times a week in a fasted state to boost your performance. When your body is hungry while it’s exercising, it’s put up against another stressor, which forces it to become stronger. This allows your body to utilize protein to boost enhanced muscle growth in the hours after your exercise. Remember that muscles lead to greater weight loss and a revving metabolism!

3. Fasting allows your body to focus on other things.

When your body is continually digesting your food, it leaves a lot of body parts to the wayside. Allow your body’s blood flow to deliver much-needed nutrients to help repair other parts of your body and ward off future infection.

4. Fasting enhances brain activity.

When you fast, your brain has a better ability to repair itself and expel waste. Furthermore, the fasting state pushes your body to release something called brain-derived neurotrophic factor. This boosts the health of your brain functions and decreases your risk of brain disorders.

5. Fasting makes you look and act younger.

Oxidative stress works to kill your cells and make you look older. Fasting works to reduce this oxidative stress and help you expel waste. Your interior body will continue to work more vibrantly, and your exterior body will look youthful.

If you are interested in trying out intermittent fasting, look into the ways it could enhance your lifestyle and sway you from your reliance on snacks and foods during parts of the day. Enjoy taking claim of these hours and not giving into past cravings!

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About Megan White

Megan White is a Paleo diet food fanatic running around the world, searching for the most nutritional tasty treats in every country she can find. Follow her on her journey as she dodges sugar cravings, works to better her mind and body, and picks up some creative Paleo diet recipes along the way.

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