Ok, I'm now interested in intermittent fasting, espacially as a way of losing weight, and I did some research on it. But I also would like to hear your thoughts on the subject.
Here is my research:
Intermittent Fasting can be done in many different ways, but in general it comes down to these two:
1. Fasting 16-19 hours a day and eating during 5-8 hours a day.
I will try eating between 12.00 noon and 20.00 pm.
2. Fasting 2 days a week, for example Thursday and Sunday or whichever days you prefer. (Some people fast every other day, but I think that might be too severe, the point is to find a lifestyle…)Possible benefits:
A number of studies have shown beneficial effects of IF in animals, including:
* a study finding "reduced serum glucose and insulin levels and increased resistance of neurons in the brain to excitotoxic stress"
* a review of previous research that found that IF "enhance[s] cardiovascular and brain functions and improve[s] several risk factors for coronary artery disease and stroke including a reduction in blood pressure and increased insulin sensitivity" and that "cardiovascular stress adaptation is improved and heart rate variability is increased in rodents" and that "rodents maintained on an IF regimen exhibit increased resistance of heart and brain cells to ischemic injury in experimental models of myocardial infarction and stroke."
* a review of research on ADF and CR found that ADF "may effectively modulate several risk factors, thereby preventing chronic disease, and that ADF may modulate disease risk to an extent similar to that of CR"
* a study suggesting that IF may "ameliorate age-related deficits in cognitive function" in mice
* a study suggesting that IF significantly improves biochemical parameters associated with development of diabetic nephropathy
* a study showing that serum from humans following an IF diet had positive effects (reduced triglycerides in men and increased HDL in women, as well as reduced cell proliferation and increased heat resistance) in vitro on human hepatoma cells
* a study showing resistance in mice to the effects of gamma irradiation
* a 2008 study showing lifespan increases of 40.4% and 56.6% in C. elegans for alternate day (24 hour) and two-of-each-three day (48 hour) fasting, respectively, as compared to an ad libitum diet.
* a 2009 study on rats showed markedly improved long-term survival after chronic heart failure via pro-angiogenic, anti-apoptotic and anti-remodeling effects.
It is possible that IF may function as a form of nutritional hormesis.sources:
General Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intermittent_fasting
A study on mice: http://jn.nutrition.org/cgi/content/abstract/31/3/363
Starvation mode and fasting: http://eatstopeat.us/the-%E2%80%9Cstarvation-mode%E2%80%9D-theory/
LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-he-eat10dec10,1,883044.story?coll=la-headlines-healthI
One more study: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6WN2-4JFGFM7-1&_user=10&_handle=V-WA-A-W-CV-MsSAYWA-UUW-U-AAZUYUBBUZ-AACYBYVAUZ-AWZWYZAYU-CV-U&_fmt=summary&_coverDate=12%2F31%2F2006&_rdoc=3&_orig=browse&_srch=%23toc%236950%232006%23999329997%23624953!&_cdi=6950&view=c&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=96c00cfa4fff7eb7671448500eabcb1e
So, if you've ever experimented with intermittent fasting, leave your comments please.