Intermittent fasting is having a moment. As to why anyone would do this, motives vary, from weight loss to better cognitive function to enhanced creativity — makeup mogul Bobbi Brown says it helps her digestion and gives her more energy. So what is intermittent fasting? The one thing all forms of intermittent fasting have in common is the cycling pattern between eating, and not eating. There are a variety of approaches to intermittent fasting, each with their own supporters and detractors. Sears suggests a practical model called time-restricted eating. That way you can still have a social life, and still function at work, while getting all the benefits time-restricted eating provides. Does intermittent fasting work? In short: all signs point to yes. That finding made researchers wonder if there might be a connection between alternate-day fasting and brain function. Now, an important caveat: Most, though not all, of the conclusive research done on intermittent fasting thus far has been on mice.
Some people swear by the health benefits of intermittent fasting IF. Not only does this way of eating help you lose weight, but it can also improve digestion, give you more energy, help you focus, and even slow brain aging. When your body goes through periods of fasting, it boosts the production of growth hormone, which helps you lose weight and gain muscle. It can also help regulate levels of insulin and lower blood sugar, which is helpful for people who are insulin resistant or prediabetic. Although there are several ways to do intermittent fasting, one of the most popular forms is the leangains method, or , where you fast for 16 hours and eat only during an eight-hour window. When you fast for 16 hours, you are more likely to reap all the benefits of IF mentioned above. But what about if you only fast for 14 hours? The method is much more manageable for people who can eat during a hour window, such as having breakfast at 9 a.
Another day, another fad diet. Intermittent fasting is the latest craze to promise rapid weight loss and now there’s some science to back up the the most recent variant. The newest instalment – the diet – focuses on consuming all your meals in a hour window, before fasting for 14 hours. For example, if your first meal is at am, you’d need to finish your last feed by pm. And findings published in Cell Metabolism suggest there is some merit to the eating plan. After recruiting 19 overweight adults with elevated blood sugar, elevated cholesterol levels and high blood pressure, researchers put them on the eating approach for three months. Volunteers made sure they were well hydrated during the fasting period. They not only recorded the timing of their meals but also their sleep habits.