You’ve heard that intermittent fasting (IF) can help people lose weight, especially when diets failed them in the past, but there are so many more reasons to try IF than just fat loss! Here are the benefits of intermittent fasting from A to Z.
- Autophagy: Dr. Luiza Petre, a weight-loss specialist and board-certified cardiologist, explains that “intermittent fasting aids autophagy, a cell-based self-cleaning function that tears down and recycles molecules that are damaged.” Autophagy is low when insulin is increased, so when you’re fasting and insulin levels drop, autophagy significantly increases.
- Belly fat diminished: Dr. Daryl Gioffre, a celebrity nutritionist and longevity expert, says that “belly fat can be stubborn to lose because the abdominal area contains more alpha-2 receptors that slow down your ability to burn fat, compared with beta-2 receptors that increase your fat burning potential.” IF is powerful because lower insulin levels “activate your b-2 receptors and shut down your a-2 receptors, allowing you to burn targeted fat in your belly area.”
Excerpted from Pop Sugar