How Intermittent Fasting Stacks Up Among Obesity-Related Myths, Assumptions, and Evidence-Backed Facts

Intermittent Fasting

Story at-a-glance ;)

  • It’s long been known that restricting calories in certain animals can increase their lifespan by as much as 50 percent, but more recent research suggests that sudden and intermittent calorie restriction appears to provide the same health benefits as constant calorie restriction, which may be helpful for those who cannot successfully reduce their everyday calorie intake

  • Mice that fasted for 16 hours a day stayed lean and healthy even when fed a high-calorie diet; their mouse counterparts that had access to food day and night became obese and showed blood sugar and liver problems despite eating the same number of calories

  • Three major mechanisms by which fasting benefits your body, as it extends lifespan and protects against disease, include increased insulin sensitivity and mitochondrial energy efficiency; reduced oxidative stress; and increased capacity to resist stress, disease and aging

  • In a recent paper, a team of researchers identified seven obesity-related myths, six assumptions, and nine evidence-supported facts “relevant for the formulation of sound public health, policy, or clinical recommendations.” However, many of the items listed as myths and presumptions are simply common-sense guidelines that can help you maintain a healthier lifestyle, which will inevitably form the foundation of good health, while many of the “evidence-supported facts” listed actually make for poor public health policy

The Power of Intermittent Fasting ;)

  • Healthy Diet

    • Intermittent fasting can help you take your fitness goals to the next level, if you’re already on a healthy fitness plan. Modern science also suggests it may be a key to successful weight loss

    • Exercising on an empty stomach has been shown to have a number of health and fitness benefits as the combination of fasting and exercising maximizes the impact of cellular factors and catalysts that force the breakdown of fat and glycogen for energy, effectively forcing your body to burn fat without sacrificing muscle mass

    • Some human studies that have found negligible or negative results of intermittent fasting have certain design flaws, such as subjects being forced to consume a fixed amount of calories instead of following cues of hunger, and using a diet design based on the typical American diet, high in carbs and low in protein and fiber. Fixed calorie counting and the typical American diet’s food ratio are inherently counter-effective to IF and therefore yield misleading results

    • The same genes that promote human longevity also appear to suppress female reproductive capacity. Hence fasting and intense exercise protocols, both known to promote longevity, also lower estrogen levels, thereby modulating body composition in women and suppressing female reproductive capacity

    The Intermittent Fasting Dilemma: How Many Meals Per Day Should You Eat? ;)

    • Diet Plan

      • There is an emerging consensus that narrowing the window of time that you consume food may have enormous health benefits and also help you reduce the percentage of body fat.

      • Benefits of intermittent fasting include reduced oxidative stress; increased insulin sensitivity; increased mitochondrial energy efficiency; and increased capacity to resist stress, disease, and aging

      • Most intermittent fasting programs, including alternate day fasting, once or twice a week fasting, and once every other week fasting are, in the best case, only partially beneficial as they do not accommodate your circadian rhythm

      • Your body is programmed for nocturnal feeding, and the one meal a day regimen is the only intermittent fasting (IF) program that accommodates your innate circadian clock and maximize the beneficial effects you get from IF on a daily basis

      • Most foods negate the effects of fasting, but there are some exceptions. Foods that can be safely eaten without compromising your fast include fast-assimilating nutrient-dense foods such as quality whey protein, green vegetables and berries

      TO HEALTH FOLKS……..;)

      And, don’t forget that glass or two of red wine, ( In moderation of course ) ;)

      La Briut, u ve SHALOM ” …LOL ;)

      Hebrew version from me to you all..( No translator needed ;) ) ….. 

      To LIFE Folks….LE HAIM ;)


2 thoughts on “How Intermittent Fasting Stacks Up Among Obesity-Related Myths, Assumptions, and Evidence-Backed Facts

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