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Is fasting good for you? - BBC Science Focus Magazine

The Body On Fasting

The Body On Fasting

Food provides the cells in our bodies with their fuel: glucose. Our bodies release a certain amount of glucose into the blood and store the rest as glycogen, releasing it as needed. Once that supply is used up – after at least 12 hours without food – our fat stores are called upon.

Burning of fats actually makes the body less hungry, something which is being researched by dieticians studying metabolism. It is also observed that fasting dampens certain types of hormones, reducing the risk of breast cancer.

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