We are conditioned to eat. It doesn’t matter what culture or where we are geographically located, we always set up patterns to eat at certain times of the day. We even do it unconsciously. What if we broke that pattern? What if we broke the pattern for days? Intermittent fasting allows the body to use fat as its primary source of energy instead of sugar and there are five huge benefits.
1. Our Ancestors Did It
Before the development of agriculture 10,000 or so years ago, humans survived on more irregular food intake due to their hunter-gatherer lifestyle. Fasting was a fact of life in hunter-gatherer societies. Humans evolved to function well physically and mentally even amid fasting conditions. So it can be postulated that this system of skipping and even days without meals, has benefited human societies for a long period of time.
2. It Improves Our Metabolism
Intermittent fasting gives your digestive system a rest, and this can energise your metabolism to burn through calories more efficiently. If your digestion is poor, this can effect your ability to metabolise food and burn fat. Intermittent fasts can regulate your digestion and promote healthy bowel function, thus improving your metabolic function. Fasting has shown to have a positive effect on insulin sensitivity, allowing you to tolerate carbohydrates (sugar) better than if you didn’t fast. A studyshowed that after periods of fasting, insulin becomes more effective in telling cells to take up glucose from blood.