Via chicagotribune.com – Matt Gallagher
One of the hot topics in health and nutrition is a method of eating called intermittent fasting. Some claim this is the secret to lose lots of weight without much effort, and others feel this is just too extreme to work well for fat loss.
First, what exactly is intermittent fasting? Simply put, it is a way of structuring your daily calories to promote fat loss or weight maintenance. Most methods involve one daily period of time where a person will fast, in which this person doesn’t consume any calories and subsists on water, coffee or tea. Then, after this fasting period, the eating period begins and this person consumes their daily calories (keeping calories at appropriate levels based on their needs) in this eating period. Many systems promote daily intermittent fasting, with somewhere between 16 and 20 hours of fasting and 4 to 8 hours of eating in a day.
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So what does the science say about intermittent fasting? Actually, a good amount. Fasting increases the secretion of growth hormone, offsets cortisol production, helps control leptin and ghrelin levels to keep you satisfied, and even facilitates a healthier environment for testosterone production. In my opinion, the best fasting benefit has to do with insulin, as it has been proven that periods of fasting greatly increases insulin sensitivity. All of these hormonal changes in the body of the person that strategically practices Intermittent Fasting helps promote a fat-burning, muscle-building environment. A fat-burning, muscle-building environment can be very powerful. Read full article…