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Common Fasting Regimens Reviewed

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • One lifestyle factor that appears to be driving not only obesity but also many chronic disease processes is the fact that we eat too frequently and avoid going without food for very long
  • If you eat throughout the day and never skip a meal, your body adapts to burning sugar as its primary fuel, which down-regulates enzymes that utilize and burn stored fat
  • Modern science confirms fasting can have a profoundly beneficial influence on your health and longevity, as it improves insulin and leptin sensitivity, triggers autophagy and mitophagy, and allows your body to burn fat for fuel and produce health-promoting ketones
  • A recent paper reviews four common types of fasting regimens and the health benefits associated with each. These include classic calorie restriction, time-restricted feeding, intermittent or periodic full or partial fasting, and fasting-mimicking diets
  • Benefits of fasting include reversal of insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes, weight loss and improved body composition, decreased risk for heart disease and cancer, improved cognitive function and increased longevity

Understanding what makes for a healthy diet and lifestyle has never been more important. Shockingly, obesity has now become a greater global health crisis than hunger, and is the leading cause of disability and chronic illness around the world. On average, the global population is plagued by obesity-related pain and illness during the last 14 years of life, which takes a significant toll on quality of life.

One lifestyle factor that appears to be driving not only obesity but also many chronic disease processes is the fact that we rarely avoid eating for more than 12 hours. In fact, Dr. Satchin Panda's research shows that 90 percent of us eat across more than 12 hours a day.


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