Science shows that modified fasting — fasts in which calories are restricted but required nutrition is supplied, like the Almased 14-day fast — can flip the body’s natural metabolic switch from burning sugar to burning fat, which also preserves muscle mass.
In addition, safe fasting improves the balance of several important hormones. Healthy fasting keeps insulin levels in check and boosts levels of norepinephrine — which mobilizes more fat for the body to burn.
Better yet, modified fasting lowers levels of the appetite hormone, ghrelin, and increases leptin, the hunger-blocking satiety hormone.
About 30 million people in the U.S. have type 2 diabetes. We know that diabetes is a disease marked by blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels being too high.
Glucose is our main source of energy. It comes from the foods you eat. A hormone called insulin helps the glucose get into your cells to provide energy.
If you have diabetes, your body doesn't make enough insulin or doesn't use insulin well enough. The glucose then stays in your blood and not enough gets into your cells.
A new study in Science explodes almost everything we thought we knew about age and metabolism.
One of the most comprehensive studies on metabolism ever conducted, it involved over 80 researchers, took over 40 years, and studied data from 6,500 people between the ages of eight days old and 95 years.
The first thing the study blew away was the conventional understanding that men always burn more calories than do women — the study found no calorie-burning differences in the sexes, after accounting for other factors.
What can be more discouraging after weeks of dieting than the numbers on the scale? If you find yourself stepping on the scale day after day in hopes you’ll see a significant change, only to be disappointed by unmet expectations, then you’ll be happy to know that there are more ways than one to measure your weight loss and the scale doesn’t have to be one of them.
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