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What Happens To Your Body When You Do Not Eat For 16 Hours?

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Have you ever tried fasting for an entire day? Are you someone who has considered the option of going without food for a few hours, either to lose weight or simply because you had a packed schedule?

If yes, then you would understand how frustrating and tiring it can be.

The constant hunger pangs, a growling tummy, fatigue, headaches, etc, are symptoms one can experience if they do not consume food for a long time, especially if they are not used to fasting!

Did you know that many ancient sages who were known for their will power and amazing health went on fasts for as long as a month, at a time?

Well, although it is not ideal for people of today who have demanding lifestyles to go on fasts for days together, recent research studies have found that fasting for at least half a day can do wonders to your health!

And fasting does not just help people lose weight, but it also has numerous other health benefits associated with it.

Have a look below to find out what happens to your body if you do not eat for 16 hours.


1. Insulin Levels Get Regulated

Fasting for at least 16 hours helps regulate the insulin levels in your body, thereby preventing diabetes and reducing the symptoms in patients.


2. Prevents Alzheimer's Disease

Going without food for 16 hours can help lower triglycerides levels in your body, thereby preventing Alzheimer's disease, which is linked with high triglycerides levels.


3. Aids In Weight Loss

This is an obvious benefit of fasting for 16 hours, which can do wonders for people who are overweight or obese.


4. Slows Down The Cell Ageing Process

Research studies have found that fasting for half a day can reduce the damage done to the cells by free radicals, thereby slowing down the cell ageing process.


5. Detoxifies Your System

When you are fasting, it becomes easier for the body to flush out the toxins and waste, so your system will be detoxified effectively.


6. Improves Brain Health

Fasting for 16 hours improves blood flow to the brain, thereby making your brain sharper and also preventing certain mental illnesses.


7. Boosts The Production Of Growth Hormones

Fasting is known to improve the production of growth hormones that aid in the repair of cell damage and also help slow down the cell ageing process.

Read more about: fasting, diet, weight loss, diabetes
Story first published: Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 10:51 [IST]
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