Benefits of Fasting by Michael Cummins, Fri 22 Dec '17
Benefits of Fasting
Nutritional Ketosis This is when your body, depleted of glucose, shifts to burning fat for fuel.
Reducing Insulin Resistance If you spent your life fueling yourself with carbs/sugars (converting that to glucose for fuel) then you've probably grown resistant to the insulin your body produces to manage that glucose. Insulin resistance makes it harder for you to burn fat. Too much of this paves the road to becoming a Type 2 diabetic.
Promoting Autophagy Your body's natural mechanism to break down old and broken cell machinery and recycle them for energy.
Increased Human Growth Hormone Your body produces this naturally. Production increases during fasting to maintain muscle mass and lean tissues.
An Effective Tool for Losing Weight Depending on how you craft your fasting/diet/lifestyle regimen, you can lose weight. Once you are burning ketones instead of glycose, the weight you do lose is actual body fat. Weight loss isn't mandatory, however. Many fasters are already at their perfect weight and fast for short periods to support their training regimens with increased autophagy and HGH.