Through social media or from your friends, you might have heard of the term intermittent fasting as a way to lose more weight and build more muscle. But is it effective?
Intermittent fasting is a diet schedule where you are allotted an eating window of eight hours and an off period of 16 hours. During these off hours, no food or flavored beverage should grace your lips. While this diet has gained popularity and a huge following in the past decade, it's actually a practice that has been around for some time and does have scientific backing and research.
To understand this, let's take a look on how we process energy in our body. Energy in the form of glucose travels through our bloodstream after being digested and absorbed by our digestive system. Whatever glucose that isn't used is transported into our fat cells to be stored as fat. The hormone that makes the glucose to go into the cell is insulin and insulin is high in the body right after meals. The concept behind intermittent fasting is to give your body a prolonged period of time where insulin level is low because you aren't eating. During this time of low insulin, the cells in your body are able to release glucose instead of storing them. The end result - weight loss.
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