TIME Magazine just published an in-depth article on Intermittent Fasting! A few highlights:
– Good evidence that intermittent fasting is producing weight-loss benefits, can reduce inflammation, reduce blood pressure and resting heart rate, and have beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system.
– Studies comparing IF to traditional calorie-cutting diets have found that people lose more weight on the fasting plans. They also seem to like the diet better; intermittent fasters tend to drop out of dietary studies at lower rates than calorie cutters.
– Several studies on IF has repeatedly shown that it outperforms traditional diets in terms of weight loss, reduced body fat and improved insulin resistance. There’s evidence that intermittent fasting may beat traditional weight-loss plans when it comes to lowering a woman’s risk for breast cancer, and that, at least in rodents, fasting plans may disrupt or counteract the development of neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
– There’s evidence these diets bolster stress resistance and combat inflammation at a cellular level. People undergo a metabolic switch in which the liver’s energy stores are depleted, and so the body’s cells start using fat and ketones for energy. This switch is a form of mild challenge to the human body that he compares to exercise; just as running or lifting weights stresses the body in beneficial ways, the stress imposed by fasting appears to induce some similarly beneficial adaptations. These cycles of challenge, recovery, challenge,
Source: TIME Magazine: What Is Intermittent Fasting And Is It Actually Good For You?