A Fasting Way to Weight Loss
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So we Americans have a weight problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control more than one third of adults are obese. Ugh man, gotta get back on my diet, but I know they don’t work. The key is to stick to an eating plan that I can live with because our culture of fast food and little exercise is sabotaging our long term health.

Obesity can cause high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, diabetes and early death. About one in ten Americans have Type two diabetes which costs society two hundred fifty billion dollars a year. People are looking to change though. They’re trying the keto and paleo diets and fasting: both intermittent fasting and daily fasting seem to work.

Intermittent fasting involves eating whatever and however much you want between ten am and six pm and then nothing for the following sixteen hours. A recent study showed that people on this plan ate about three hundred fifty fewer calories per day. After twelve weeks, they lost about three percent of their body weight and had lower blood pressure.

The other fast is called the five to two diet. That’s two days of fasting and five days of conventional eating each week. Some do it by fasting every other day. In a recent limited study, everyone lost from ten to eighteen percent of their body weight and saw a drop in their blood glucose levels. Some diabetics were even able to get off their insulin injections.

This shows as long as there is less food eaten and it’s sustained, then positive changes will occur regardless of the time you ate. They key is to find a lifestyle that works for you so that you can stick with it. But before changing your diet, check with your doctor.

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