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The potential health benefits of intermittent fasting

Intermittent fasting is defined by some as not eating for at least 16 hours in a single day, up to two days a week. In time, the body stops burning sugar and begins burning fat. The benefits touted by Dr. Joseph Mercola include:

• Increased human growth hormone, which boosts metabolism rates, leading to increased muscle growth and fat loss.

• Normalized insulin levels.

• Increased production of the protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which promotes neural health and protects brain cells from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.