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The concept of intermittent fasting (also known as EOD fasting) has been around for about twenty years, but many still don’t know much about it. There are some variations in plans, yet all are based on alternating between diet days and non-diet days. Extensive research has only begun fairly recently, but the findings are worth taking note of for anyone looking into new diet options.

Weight Loss – Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

img Weight Loss Intermittent Fasting 180x300 5 Benefits of Intermittent Fasting Naturally, the prime motivation for many to take on any diet is weight loss. When compared to a normal caloric-restricted diet (simply cutting down calorie intake daily), the amount of weight lost was the same as, or in favor of, the intermittent fasting plan. This is good news for those who have tried and failed caloric-restricted plans: you don’t have to feel hungry every day!

Fat Oxidation
Our bodies evolved to rely on having to scrounge and fight for our food, which at times leads to days without eating. Now that civilization allows us to eat daily (with the option of very fatty foods, if we want), our fat cells,stored in large molecules,end up really only being good for insulation. This spread out eating plan allows these fat cells to be broken down, and used more efficiently for energy. Finally time to put that pesky flab to good work!

Natural Hormesis
Hormesis is a phenomenon where substances or agents that, in normal large doses are harmful for the body, actually serve very beneficial effects when exposed in smaller doses. The effects of sunlight and chemotherapy are examples of this. When you partake in intermittent fasting, you actually receive these benefits, which include stress tolerance, longevity, and overall improved health. It also helps to detoxify your body, which for someone looking to lose weight and be healthy is a very positive thing.

Prolonged Life Span
Studies that have been done on lab rats have shown that intermittent fasting has improved the duration and quality of life for the rodents. Specifically the one-in-three-days plan provided the longest life span, but all the fasters were found to live longer than the rats who ate on a normal schedule. Of course at this point we have no studies or proof of this effect on humans, but it may just be a risk that you want to take.

You Can Still Eat Whatever!
While the plans still vary across different doctors and people, most do not include any dietary restrictions on the “feeding days”. The studies that have been done show that the results (including fat oxidation) occur regardless of fat limitation on the majority days. Some plans require a strict fast on diet days, where all that can be consumed is water or low-calorie drinks like black coffee. But many include a large lunch to be eaten in the middle of the day, including dessert. It all depends on what’s best for you.

As with any fasting, be very careful you stay hydrated to avoid severe symptoms. Keep your skin clear with an at home microdermabrasion kit, as you may notice dry skin at first and will want to avoid potential break outs. Most importantly, ask your doctor before you decide to pursue a weight-loss option like intermittent fasting. It may not be the best option, but your doctor can help you find the one that’s right.

About the Author: Chris Miller is a professional writer, blogger, and English grammar enthusiast. Chris enjoys learning about new health products, procedures, and ideas.
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