Intermittent Fasting is one of the most powerfully effective methods of weight loss and has experienced a burst in popularity across America. While fasts have long been a feature of some of the world’s largest religions, fasting has been recognized for its ability to improve Hormone Balance and encourage weight loss. There is also evidence that Intermittent fasting can slow down many processes associated with aging, and can also protect the health of the heart. There are various methods of Intermittent Fasting, but 16 and 24-hour fasts are very popular.
How Does Fasting Affect Insulin Levels?
Insulin is the means by which our bodies take energy from blood glucose and deliver it to our muscles, liver, and fat cells. The body produces a surge of insulin after meals and caloric consumption as a mechanism to control blood sugar and glucose where it needs to go. Because Insulin facilitates the movement of glucose to fat cells, the body cannot extract lipids from these cells while Insulin activity is elevated which can encourage weight gain. Fasting, exercise, and diet all have a suppressive effect upon Insulin Levels, facilitating weight loss.