Miracle In The Green Weight Loss Program: Intermittent Fasting and Moringa Powder for Weight Loss
We are sure that you have heard about this word many times, specially that there are a lot of celebrities who support this method when it comes to losing weight. Yes, it’s “Intermittent Fasting”. Big celebrities like Hugh Jackman hopped on this bandwagon as well and swore with this method for weight loss.
However, do you really know what this method means and where it originated?
What is Intermittent Fasting?
According to our friend, wikipedia, Fasting is the willful refraining from eating and sometimes drinking. Fasting may refer to the metabolic status of a person who has not eaten overnight or the metabolic state achieved after complete digestion of and absorption of meal.
You can read the full article about Fasting here.
While Britannica defines Fasting as the abstinence from food or drinks, or both for health, ritualistic, religious, or ethical purposes. The abstention may be complete or partial, lengthy, of short duration, or intermittent.
Fasting has been practiced and promoted from antiquity worldwide by physicians, by the founders and followers of many religions, by culturally designated individuals, and by individuals or groups as an expression of protest against what they believe are violations of social, ethical, or political principles.
Read the full article here.
However, we’re just sticking to Intermittent Fasting for weight loss. Basically, fasting is not intaking food or drinks for a period of time. For Intermittent Fasting, you’re allowed to drink juices to get you energized and satiated for the day while you’re on your fasting period, depending on your meal plan. You can also opt for water fast where you just need to in-take water during your fasting period.
Intermittent fasting shouldn’t be done right away just because you want to, you need to consult some professionals to know what works best for you and if you’re healthy enough to handle the plan that you want to take.
What are the benefits of Intermittent Fasting?
Fasting has a lot of benefits from mental to medical. It really depends on the reason why you fast.
Intermittent Fasting on Mental Health
Intermittent Fasting can improve your alertness, mood, and is believed to improve the overall symptoms of depression.
You can really benefit so much from Intermittent Fasting for your mental health that we believe that it deserves another blog post from us, so stay updated and tuned to know more.
Intermittent fasting on Weight Loss
Intermittent Fasting improves cardiovascular and metabolic biomarkers similarly to a calorie restricted diet in people who are overweight, obese or have a metabolic syndrome.
Moreover, intermittent fasting enhances hormone function to facilitate weight loss. Short term fasting increases your metabolic rate which can help you burn calories more.
Basically, intermittent fasting works on both sides of the calorie equation because it boosts your metabolism--or metabolic rate--and reduces the amount of food you eat. More calories out, less calories in.
Intermittent Fasting on reducing insulin resistance which can lower your risk of type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is common these days as a lot of people have been diagnosed with this disease in the past decade. This chronic disease is directly associated with insulin resistance. Hence, anything that can reduce insulin resistance can also help lower blood sugar levels and lower your risk of type 2 diabetes.
Studies show that intermittent fasting, fasting blood sugar level has been reduced by 3-6% over the course of 8 to 12 weeks in people with prediabetes while fasting insulin has been reduced by 20 to 30%.
Intermittent Fasting on reducing oxidative stress and inflammation in the body
First, what is oxidative stress aside from it’s the major cause of aging and many chronic diseases? It can occur when there is an imbalance between free radical activity and antioxidant activity. Free radicals can help fight off pathogens--pathogens lead to infections.
When there is imbalance, more free radicals will be present which antioxidants can keep up with, the excessive free radicals can then damage the fatty tissue, DNA and proteins in your body.
Read the full article about oxidative stress here.
Studies show that intermittent fasting can help enhance the body’s resistance to oxidative stress and can help fight inflammation.
Intermittent Fasting on inducing cellular repair process
While doing intermittent fasting, cells in our body initiate autophagy which means the cellular waste-removal process.
During autophagy, the cells are breaking down and metabolizing broken and dysfunctional proteins that build up inside the cells over time.
The increase of autophagy can also provide protection against several diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer's disease.
Yes, Intermittent Fasting can help you with your journey to weight loss, and maybe that’s only your reason for trying it, but the benefits you can get from Intermittent Fasting is beyond just losing weight. It can help you live longer and more.
Moringa Powder On Weight Loss
An 8 week study was conducted before with 41 obese people on an identical diet and exercise regime, those taking 900 mg supplement containing moringa lost 10.6 pounds than those in the placebo group who only lost 4 pounds.
A larger similar study was then conducted involving 130 obese people, the results were those who were given the supplement lost 11.9 pounds (around 5.4 kg) in a span of 16 weeks while those in the placebo group only lost 2 pounds.
We have a blog post that talks about the Four Benefits of Moringa Powder For Your Weight Loss. We have broken down the whys and hows of Moringa Powder is beneficial to your weight loss journey aside from all the nutrients that you can take away from the powder itself.
To summarize the article, Moringa Powder can help reduce your food cravings, keeps you energized while you’re on your fasting period, it helps to improve your metabolism, and lastly, it side steps sugar crashes.
If you want to know more, read the full article here.
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