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3 reasons why you should

intermittent fast

Intermittent fasting is not just a pop fad, it's been practiced for centuries. If you're looking to get more out of your day and feel better about yourself, intermittent fasting might be the answer!

Consider these three reasons why you should give this lifestyle change a go:

1) You'll actually eat less food because of how often you are eating; In one study it was found that "when the participants fasted they consumed about 500 calories a day less than when they ate regularly."

2) It will help with weight loss; If you want to lose weight, intermittent fasting is a great way to do it. But make sure you are choosing an eating schedule that works best for your lifestyle. Or perhaps even more importantly, make sure this is something you can realistically follow through on.

3) It can reduce inflammation in your body. The final reason why you should try out intermittent fasting is that it reduces inflammation in the body. So no matter what kind of lifestyle you lead or how much exercise you get, if your diet isn't up to par with reducing inflammation , then these extra benefits will likely be unattainable... and you'll probably feel pretty bad about yourself as a result. So perhaps the best reason of all to consider intermittent fasting is that you'll feel better at the end of your day!

How do I start?

Now that you know three great reasons why intermittent fasting can be an awesome lifestyle change, it's time to get started! If this seems like something you want to try out for yourself or has piqued your interest in any way , then here are some tips on how to get started right away .

- First things first, if you're new to this change, ease into it . There may be some initial headaches and even hunger pains, but if you cut your food intake too drastically, then don't be surprised when you feel pretty bad. You want to make sure that whatever fasting schedule works best for you is sustainable over the long haul .

- Try different schedules until you find one that fits into how your lifestyle already goes! If you're an on-the-go person who doesn't have much time in between classes or meetings, then perhaps a 16 hour fast followed by 8 hours of eating will work the best. And if after work it's nice to come home and relax with family or friends, then maybe testing out a feeding window between 4pm and midnight would be more agreeable to your lifestyle.

- Talk to a doctor or nutritionist before embarking on a new diet, especially if you have any health conditions that might be affected by it... they can really help when trying to figure out what would work best for you or just stick with the 16/8 intermittent fasting schedule and track everything. You may also want to consider using an app like MyFitnessPal to help track your food intake so you know exactly how much energy you're getting from the calories you consume. This is very important when trying to lose weight because most people underestimate how many calories they actually eat in a day. And don't forget that every person has a different caloric need dependent upon their gender, age, height, weight and physical activity. It is best to consult with a doctor or nutritionist if you are unsure of how many calories you should be eating per day. The main thing to remember while you're trying intermittent fasting is that nothing will happen overnight. If your aim was to lose weight by using this diet, don't expect it to happen unless you stick with it for a significant amount of time. The longer you do the diet, the more benefits you will see from it.

- If your aim was to lose weight by using this diet, don't expect it to happen unless you stick with it for a significant amount of time . For some people it might take weeks or even months until they notice a change in how they look and feel because their body needs time to adjust.

If you stick with it, then you will start noticing that every time you go to eat something your first reaction is "No, I shouldn't have any food right now due to my next meal being too far away.

"no i shouldn't have any food... maybe later".

- Additionally, the longer you do the diet, the more benefits you will see from it. Not only can intermittent fasting help people lose weight but it has also been known to reduce cardiovascular risk factors and even improve brain function.

The reason for this is because of how intermittent fasting causes an increase in human growth hormone. This hormone helps detoxify the body by getting rid of harmful free radicals that are responsible for diseases including cancer. It does this by stimulating blood circulation and cell production deep within your muscles and tissues. This gives way to stronger more powerful muscles as well as increased flexibility and strength, which allows you to work out harder for longer periods of time.

- Another benefit worth mentioning is the potential reaction in cardiovascular risk factors such as cholesterol levels which can lead to heart disease or stroke. This is because intermittent fasting helps to normalize the levels of good cholesterol vs bad cholesterol, which has proven to reduce your chance of having a heart attack.

- Finally, intermittent fasting also promotes brain health by increasing production of neurite growth factor (NGF). NGF controls neuroplasticity and supports neuron regeneration throughout adulthood. It does this by strengthening existing synapses and triggering neuron growth deep within your grey matter . So essentially, if you practice intermittent fasting on a regular basis then you will be protecting your brain from the potential damage caused by free radicals and inflammation.

Whether you are looking to lose weight, eat less food, or reduce inflammation in your body—intermittent fasting is the way to go. 

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