Intermittent fasting has many benefits – from insulin regulation to heart health. Still, there are other, perhaps more vain, reasons to adopt an intermittent fasting lifestyle. Here are a few:
1. Better skin, nails and hair
About three months after beginning IF, I noticed stronger and longer nails and eyelashes. To my knowledge, there haven’t been any well-known scientific studies that have measured if and how much intermittent fasting leads to glowing skin, longer and thicker hair and stronger nails; however; there are many IF-ers who have noticed such results. Fitness guru and IF proponent Paul Gabriel Mihalescu says,
…with the proper regimen, you can use IF to enhance your skin glow, leave it silky smooth and actually grow you hair thicker and stronger.
2. Slow the aging process
Research has shown that intermittent fasting dramatically increases human growth hormone (HGH). A recent study showed that women demonstrated a 1,300% increase in HGH by fasting, and men experienced a whopping 2,000% increase in the hormone. In addition to stabilizing blood sugar and improving cholesterol, HGH also seems to impact various signs of aging. In 1990, the New England Journal of Medicine published a small-scale study on HGH during which 12 healthy men, age 61 to 81, were injected with HGH for six months. The men reported not only decreased body fat but increased skin elasticity.
3. Fit comfortably in your clothes
One of the things I love about IF is how it simplifies life. During fasting hours there are no fat grams to measure and no calories to count. It’s a no-brainer for most of your waking hours. One benefit of not eating so many meals is that there’s no need to worry about feeling bloated, or uncomfortable. This means that when other folks are secretly cursing their Spanx or wanting to undo a notch in their belt, you can comfortably sit in a yoga position in your skinny jeans.
Oh yeah, and IF helps you lose weight too!