You may have heard of intermittent fasting due to a surge of its use over the past couple of years. Proponents of the eating routine claim that it gives them higher energy levels, improved results in the gym during resistance training, and most notably the ability to lose significant amounts of body fat effortlessly.
So what exactly is intermittent fasting? The protocol calls for two different stages of the day: a period of eating and drinking nothing but calorie free foods such as water and black coffee known as the fasting period, and a period of eating all of the calories needed for the day known as the feasting period. The fasting period can be anywhere from 16-48 hours long and the feasting period can be no longer than 8 hours.
So how does this method work to fight fat, increase fitness and contribute to overall health? Although research has consistently shown benefits of the eating routine, many of the details of how it works is still up for debate. Many believe that since carbohydrates are the first fuel your body utilizes as energy, the fasted state allows for all of carbs to be burned off without it being stored as excess fat. Once the carbohydrates are used up, your body prefers the consumed fat and excess fat reserves. Protein is much harder to store as fat so it is utilized to maintain muscle mass. Furthermore, the daily spiking of insulin levels during the feasting period keeps the body from going into starvation mode, reassuring the metabolism that it is okay to burn fat so it won't hold on to it.
Regardless of how intermittent fasting works, it has been shown to be very effective among many individuals and scientific studies have backed it up consistently. Many are even claiming that it can help treat Alzheimer's, diabetes, heart disease and cancer but those claims are still controversial. Hopefully we will get more answers but for now, we can try IF out on ourselves to see if it is beneficial to our daily lives.
Posted By: Forootan Alizadehasil