Research links intermittent fasting to benefits including:
- weight loss
- improved markers of health
- a reduced risk of chronic health conditions
- improved brain health
This article will discuss the top five potential benefits of intermittent fasting and the research to support them.
Intermittent fasting may drive weight loss by lowering insulin levels. The body breaks down carbohydrates into glucose, which cells use for energy or convert into fat and store for later use. Insulin is a hormone that allows cells to take in glucose. Insulin levels drop when a person is not consuming food. During a period of fasting, it is possible that decreasing insulin levels causes cells to release their glucose stores as energy. Repeating this process regularly, as with intermittent fasting, may lead to weight loss. Intermittent fasting can also lead to the consumption of fewer calories overall, which may also contribute to weight loss.
Excerpted from Medical News Today