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Burn Away Fat Cells With Intermittent Fasting

Is It Healthy to Skip Breakfast?

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  • A growing body of evidence shows that certain forms of fasting are good for you, but it may not appeal to, or be appropriate for everyone. Hypoglycemics and/or diabetics should address their diet to normalize blood sugar and insulin levels before embarking on day-long fasts.
  • Intermittent fasting, or so-called scheduled eating, can be done in several different ways Typical fast times range from 14 to 18 hours. The longest period any one of these plans would require you to abstain from solid food would be about 32-36 hours.
  • Research has shown that fasting can provide a number of health benefits, such as normalizing your insulin sensitivity and ghrelin levels; boosting human growth hormone (by as much as 1,300-2,000 percent); lowering triglyceride levels; reducing inflammation, and lessening free radical damage
  • Simply skipping, or delaying, breakfast and exercising on an empty stomach is another strategy that can be helpful, especially if you feel like you’ve hit a plateau. Part of what makes this strategy so effective is that your body has a preservation mechanism that protects your active muscle from wasting itself. So if you don't have sufficient fuel in your system when you exercise, you're going to break down other tissues but not the active muscle, i.e. the muscle being exercised.

By Dr. Mercola

If you're already off to a good start on a healthy fitness plan, and you're looking for ways to take it to the next level, then you might want to consider a form of fasting called Scheduled Eating, or intermittent fasting. In essence this fitness-enhancing strategy looks at the timing of meals, as well as when NOT to eat. This isn't one of those fad plans, where you eat just one or two things for several days in a row.

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