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Most cases of heart disease are caused by fat deposits on your arterial walls, the tubes that carry blood from your heart. Excess fat in your body causes inflammation, including inflammation in your arteries.

Intermittent fasting to the rescue! When you follow a 16:8 IF schedule, you will naturally prepare your body to burn more fat and to store less. When you do this, you reduce fat in the body, and that decreases inflammation. When you diminish fatty deposits, it suggests that they aren’t floating around your arteries, or stuck to the walls of your arteries as fatty plaque. When you clear out your tubes, you lessen your chance of blockage to the heart—and that decreases your heart disease risk. How much? According to a 2011 study, you can have a 58 percent lower risk of heart disease when you commit to a scheduled fast or, better yet, a sixteen-hour Burn Zone. The study was presented at the 2011 conference of the American College of Cardiology, and the researchers found no changes in heart disease risk among the people who didn’t have a regular fasting plan. Other studies have found similar evidence.

Resources: The Cruise Control Diet, by Jorge Cruise (page 288)

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