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Skipping Meals Can Improve Health and Help in Weight Loss

Nadine Watters

Studies are showing that intermittent fasting can have huge health benefits, from increasing lifespan, protecting against chronic diseases, improving brain function to aiding in weight loss. Fasting has the ability to trigger the acceleration of autophagy, which is ‘the clearing out of waste left by dead and damaged cells.'(1)

Intermittent fasting, which is defined as not eating for a total of 14 to 18 hours for two days and decreasing calorie intake has multiple health benefits

The approach is to fast for two days for 14 to 18 hours in total and to have between 500-600 calories during fasting days of light food. The rest of the week, the individual resumes their normal eating pattern.

Intermittent fasting is also called mini-fasting or the 5:2 approach. Research is proving that fasting can help control blood sugar levels, boost memory, increase energy and help with building immunity.(2)

Study shows that overweight women who followed intermittent fasting lost weight and improve health

The University of Manchester conducted a three month study looking at intermittent fasting compared to a traditional calorie restriction diet in overweight women. The groups that followed the intermittent fasting program lost not only twice as much weight as the traditional calorie restriction group but lost more body fat, and had better insulin resistance.
This is a result of the fact that without eating, the body uses up stored glucose which results in fat burning. The study will be published in the British Journal of Nutrition in April. (1, 3, 4, 5)

Exercising on an empty stomach can speed up weight loss

Waking up in the morning and performing a high-intensity exercise before breakfast or during an intermittent fast can aid in burning more fat due to a decrease of glucose in the body. Less glucose gives the body more potential to burn fat according to John Rowley, Wellness Director for the International Sports Science Association (ISSA). However, if exercising is to improve strength and speed, then exercising with an empty stomach is not a good idea according to Rowley. (3)

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