Five Benefits Of Fasting

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Five benefits of fasting

Eating well is a fundamental aspect of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. However, in a world where processed foods dominate almost everything and where our eating habits are conditioned by the marketing campaigns of the food industry, the question is not only what to eat, but also when not to eat.


Although we may not realise it, we often eat even though we don't need to, and we even turn this into a habit, a pattern of behaviour that we assume to be normal and natural... even though it is not.

 

The benefits of fasting 

 


Fasting is a habit that has been practiced for centuries by a wide variety of cultures and for different reasons, but recently it has been discovered that, in addition to its cultural value, if it is done in the right way, it can become an ally for living a healthier way.


Here we will look at some of the advantages of fasting, although it should be clear that some of them depend on the duration of the fast. Obviously, this activity must go hand in hand with good hydration and monitoring of the general state of health so that it is not counterproductive or harmful, as we will see. At least for the first few times you try fasting, it is advisable to get professional advice, which is easy to obtain.


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That said, let's look at the most important benefits of fasting.


1. Aids in the natural burning of fat

 


The fat we have scattered around the body is essentially a large store of energy. Therefore, these fat deposits are only consumed by the body when the fat available in other parts of the body has already been used up.


That is why fasting is a very useful context to burn a good part of this accumulated fat, something that is not achieved by doing intense exercise sessions of less than 60 minutes, which is what is usually done when going to the gym.


2. It reduces the probability of inflammatory processes

 


Controlled fasting has been shown to reduce the likelihood of inflammatory processes and also acts as a protective factor against certain cardiovascular diseases. This may be due to the fact that it favours the elimination of toxins accumulated in the body.


3. It contributes to weight loss by maintaining muscle mass

 


Many people believe that giving up high-calorie foods and replacing them with other foods is enough to lose weight, but in many cases, this only serves to lose mass in general, and especially muscle, since there is a lack of raw material with which to maintain it.


Fasting, on the other hand, causes fat levels to drop at a faster rate than muscle, provided that a healthy diet and exercise are followed before and after fasting.


4. It slows down the biological processes of ageing

 


Calorie restriction managed through controlled fasting slows down the processes associated with ageing, and increased production of the "youth protein," SIRT3, appears to be involved.


5. It is a good psychological turning point

 


Fasting provides an opportunity to embrace new eating habits after it is over, something that can be difficult if you go with the inertia of doing what you have always done when it comes to eating something.

In other words, fasting represents a turning point that predisposes us to commit to new, healthier habits.

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