This week we will be looking at Intermittent Fasting with good friend, and creator of TwoScoopsAthletics, Tyler Baron. Tyler is a chiropractic student, physique competitor, and nutrition enthusiast. Tyler’s work will be broken into four parts throughout the week, and completed by Friday.
Uncovering the truth about Intermittent fasting (InFa)
InFa has become widely accepted over the years as a weight loss tool and, for the fonder followers of its principles, a lifestyle adaptation. Unlike most diets this one segregates itself significantly by manipulating food intake timing, rather than changing the actual diet itself. Typically, the individual undergoes an elongated period of fasting (usually 12-38 hours) followed by the consumption of all their recommended daily calories in a short period of time (usually in a 4 – 8-hour period). Due to the extensive duration of fasting and the small window of feeding time, there also tends to be an under-consumption of ones recommended dietary intake of calories, due to stomach capacity and satiety. The method of InFa offers an unique advantageous agent of obtaining significant weight loss through the diet focused on timing rather than food manipulation.
Although fasting is highly reputable as a weight loss resource, it also has been shown to provide numerous physiological, metabolic and other health benefits too. However, we should be clear that much of this accredited evidence have been pulled from rodent studies, and little research has been done with human subjects, causing people to question whether the results are transferable to humans. However, you can find a list of some of the benefits time restricted feeding (TRF) has shown in rodents:
- Improved metabolic rate
- Reduce Cholesterol (redirecting the material for Bile Acid production.)
- Improved sleep
- Elevated alertness during the day
- Reduced rates of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease
- Increased Synaptic plasticity and new neuron production
- Improved learning and memory
- Reduce liver steatosis
- Depression of Cancer cell proliferation
- Greater maintenance of muscle mass
- Higher intramuscular glycogen and triglyceride storage
To be continued tomorrow!