I know this is a deviation from my normal subject matter, but I feel pretty strongly about this. Whenever there is a discussion about diet plans and someone mentions intermittent fasting (IF), there is always a person in the room who starts going on and on about how you must eat multiple meals a day or else your body will go into starvation mode and you will never lose weight. This concept has been drilled into our heads for years, but recent research has proven the opposite.
In this short and to the point article, by Tyler Simmons, explains in simple terms why intermittent fasting may just be right for you.
Recent research has shown that Intermittent Fasting or reduced meal frequency can convey many of the benefits of Caloric Restriction (CR) while avoiding the negative side effects. Some of these benefits include:
- Favorable changes to blood lipids
- Reduced blood pressure
- Decreased markers of inflammation
- Reduction in oxidative stress
- Increased Growth Hormone release
- Greater thermogenesis/elevated metabolic rate
- Improved fat burning
- Improved appetite control