Intermittent fasting – what is it?
It sounds too good to be true: weight loss, improved well-being and health without counting calories and without complicated diet plans. It also prevents numerous diseases.
What’s up with intermittent fasting and how does it work?
The media says the latest trend is interval fasting, or intermittent fasting. Everyone is talking about it, but it’s actually as old as mankind itself. In times long gone, we never had a meal three or four times a day on our table. Our ancestors had to hunt and gather and were active throughout the whole day. They were able to withstand long and frequent periods without food. With Intermittent fasting, therefore, we live by our natural body clock.
The human body is designed for intermittent fasting; our intestines need breaks so they can digest toxins and unhealthy fatty acids. Gut flora recovers during these breaks and metabolism becomes more flexible.
Newcomers to fasting needn’t worry: the body quickly adapts to periods of natural hunger and mobilizes reserves in organ and body tissue. The energy stored in fat tissue can be broken down fast without any need for a constant supply of food. When we eat often, the body “unlearns” this, causing hunger to feel more intense than it does for experienced interval eaters.
No yo-yo effect
If you fast intermittently with BodyFast, you’ll experience no yo-yo effect. The body quickly gets used to the new diet and fasting becomes easier. And since you don’t have to give up food during meal times, you’ll miss nothing. You’ll just feel better and fitter.
Intermittent fasting promotes well-being and health
Numerous studies confirm the benefits
For many scientists, physicians, and professors, intermittent fasting is the preferred means of feeling healthier, better, and losing weight. Various studies show that intermittent fasting has a positive impact on people’s health.
Since fasting is an ancient dieting method (three meals per day is a more modern concept) and the body is preprogrammed to live this way, you will feel the positive effects very quickly. Listed below are some of the most important scientific facts about fasting.
Blood sugar level and diabetes
Intermittent fasting combats insulin resistance, which in turn prevents type 2 diabetes. In one study using mice, diabetes type 2 was completely prevented by interval fasting. Mice and humans are similar in fat and glucose metabolism, which makes these results seem promising. Studies in humans show that blood sugar levels decrease by up to 6 percent and insulin levels by up to 31 percent with interval fasting. (Link1, Link2)
With frequent fasting, body cells become more resistant to stress and better able to withstand illness. The body’s reaction to fasting is similar to its reaction to sports – through frequent “training” it becomes more resistant to disease. Autophagy is also stimulated by removing dysfunctional proteins from the cell. (Link 1, Link 2)
Numerous interval fasters report that intermittent fasting has a positive effect on allergy symptoms and intolerances. After a short time, the allergies subside because the body has more time to detoxify. Many studies point to such positive outcomes. (Link 1, Link 2, Link 3, Link 4)
Since intermittent fasting can reduce triglycerides (dietary fats) and so-called “bad cholesterol” (LDL) in your blood, it is well suited to the prevention of heart disease. The body breaks down the toxic intermediates and unhealthy fats. (Link)
More and more people suffer from histamine intolerance. Histamines are found in many kinds of food, such as wine, smoked meat, and canned food, but also in some fruits and vegetables. Other foods stimulate the body’s own production of histamines. Symptoms are similar to those of allergies (rashes, fatigue, gastrointestinal problems, etc.) and often occur after meals.
There is evidence that fasting could have a positive effect on histamine intolerance, because the intestines and body system can recover during fasting intervals. It will be fascinating to read here the results of further studies. (Link 1, Link 2, Link 3, Link 4)
Those who don’t want to age fast should interval fast. Many different animal studies suggest that fasting increases lifespan and youth. Intermittent fasting increased the lifespan of animals by 36-38%. (Link 1, Link 2).
Of course, you will lose weight with the fasting program that’s right for you. The good thing about interval fasting is that it particular reduces “bad” fats. (Link)
More and more people suffer from chronic thyroid gland inflammation and experience symptoms such as palpitations, sweating, high blood pressure (hypertension), diarrhoea, weight loss, insomnia, anxiety, restlessness, trembling hands, muscle weakness, nervousness and cravings. There is evidence that intermittent fasting under a doctor’s supervision can have positive effects on the path of the disease. (Link 1, Link 2)
Intermittent fasting increases the growth hormone HGH in the human body. This can lead to muscle growth with simultaneous fat loss. (Link)
Start intermittent fasting now!
Research is focusing more and more on interval fasting and its positive effects on the human body. Paracelsus, a 16th century Swiss physician, was convinced of this. “Fasting is the best remedy”, he said. Long-term studies are of great interest and will naturally provide further insight. Best of all for you, you don’t need complicated diet plans or calorie counting to begin enjoying the many beneficial effects of interval fasting.
The BodyFast app is based on all these findings about intermittent fasting. We are committed to bring the best experience for beginners and advanced fasters. With the app and your personal fasting week plan which is based on your weekly results and goals, you will quickly feel the healthy results, feel better and reach your dream weight.