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What happens to your body when you fast?

Fasting has gained popularity as a weight-loss method in recent times. It has so many benefits to your overall health and wellbeing. Check out what actually happens to your body when you fast.

Insulin sensitivity

Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that shuttles glucose into cells to be stored or used as energy. Insulin is also responsible to keep your blood sugar level from getting too high or too low. When you fast, your insulin levels drop. This will improve its sensitivity. If done regularly, it can prevent you from getting diabetes. According to Amy Rothberg, MD, director of the Metabolism, Endocrinology and Diabetes Investigational Weight Management Clinic at the University of Michigan, “Limiting calories also translates to reduced blood glucose, improved lipids and reduced blood pressure,this has been shown in a number of studies of low-calorie and very low-calorie diets, and time-restricted feeding has some of the same impact.”

Reset your appetite

Have you ever felt that your appetite is getting out of hand? Fast! Whitney English, RDN, a Los Angeles-based nutritionist claimed that fasting has been shown to decrease the hunger hormone ghrelin. However make sure you don’t go back and forth between fasting and your regular eating schedule too rapidly as your body might get confused and end up storing food too much food which will cause you to eat more food.

Learn more about the benefits of fasting, here.

Lose weight

This is why you’re still reading this article, right? Well, research shows that fasting results in weight and fat loss however you don’t actually have to fast. Simply be in a calorie deficit. However some people have problems with this and opt for fasting instead as they will automatically be in calorie deficit mode. 

Enhance brain functionality

According to a study published in Nature Reviews Neuroscience, fasting can potentially improve cognition and mood. Your body will start using ketone bodies as an energy source and help you remain in a state of optimal functionality in order to survive.

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