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In intermittent fasting, what essentially takes place in the body is that one source of energy — which can facilitate the accumulation of body fat — is switched for another.

Our bodies run on glucose or simple sugar, but when we fast for a longer period of time, that energy source becomes unavailable.

Our system needs to identify a different kind of “fuel.” That is when the body begins to convert certain types of body fat into fatty acids, which are easily absorbed by the blood.

Fatty acids, in turn, produce molecules called ketones, which the body uses as its new source of energy.

Stephen Anton, a researcher at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, calls this process “flipping the metabolic switch.”

“This switch,” explains Anton, “can happen after a certain period of time fasting. It’s a gradation in which your metabolism over time shifts to using higher and higher amounts of ketones for energy.”

  1. August 31, 2018

    Yes, it is great! Intermittent fasting protects from diabetes, heart disease and cancer. It also improves brain health and enhances physical fitness and strength. It seems like every week, researchers turn up some new and profound benefit associated with intermittent fasting: eating schedules that incorporate regular periods of low or no food consumption.

  2. October 31, 2018

    Fasting is a practice (often religious) that has been associated with a wide array of potential health benefits, including weight loss, as well as improved blood sugar control, heart health, brain function and also cancer prevention. Most religions recommend fasting occasionally to get rid of toxins and to learn the importance of nutrition.Fasting is a practice that has been associated with a wide array of potential health benefits, including weight loss, as well as improved blood sugar control, heart health, brain function and cancer prevention.

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