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Many people use intermittent fasting as a means to a single end — getting lean. Not a bad goal, or a bad method to achieve it.
But I want to remind all of you that intermittent fasting not only help make us lean but is also a viable eating lifestyle that improves how we manage our daily chores, work commitment, personal projects, social time, and leisure activities.
Intermittent fasting opens up times that we never thought we had. When we’re not obsessing with food, bogged down with food preparation, and eating by the clock, it’s amazing how much more time opens up for us to get things done — or to relish in doing nothing at all, as idle time is progressively lost in our culture, yet remains an important aspect in our health.
Intermittent fasting also appears to offer countless health benefits, such as insulin sensitivity, brain protection, improved blood pressure, reduced inflammation, decreased post-meal oxidation, cellular house-cleaning (microphage), anabolic and catabolic balance, body fat regulation, energy balance, decreased factors of aging, etc.
Fat loss is just a happy by-product of an eating lifestyle that is gaining community momentum — and hopefully cultural momentum, which cannot come too soon, given the obesity and premature health derangement we see today.
Make intermittent fasting a lifestyle, and not just a mean to lose 20, 40, or 60 pounds. We all deserve a lean and good-looking body, but we also deserve maximum health.
Those who have adopted intermittent fasting as a lifestyle can probably testify to not just fat loss but also health improvement. Let’s hear it.