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How Intermittent Fasting Stacks Up Among Obesity-Related Myths, Assumptions, and Evidence-Backed Facts

Intermittent Fasting

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  • It's long been known that restricting calories in certain animals can increase their lifespan by as much as 50 percent, but more recent research suggests that sudden and intermittent calorie restriction appears to provide the same health benefits as constant calorie restriction, which may be helpful for those who cannot successfully reduce their everyday calorie intake
  • Mice that fasted for 16 hours a day stayed lean and healthy even when fed a high-calorie diet; their mouse counterparts that had access to food day and night became obese and showed blood sugar and liver problems despite eating the same number of calories
  • Three major mechanisms by which fasting benefits your body, as it extends lifespan and protects against disease, include increased insulin sensitivity and mitochondrial energy efficiency; reduced oxidative stress; and increased capacity to resist stress, disease and aging
  • In a recent paper, a team of researchers identified seven obesity-related myths, six assumptions, and nine evidence-supported facts “relevant for the formulation of sound public health, policy, or clinical recommendations.” However, many of the items listed as myths and presumptions are simply common-sense guidelines that can help you maintain a healthier lifestyle, which will inevitably form the foundation of good health, while many of the “evidence-supported facts” listed actually make for poor public health policy

By Dr. Mercola

Is it a good idea to "starve" yourself just a little bit each day? The evidence suggests that yes, avoiding eating around the clock could have a very beneficial impact on your health and longevity.


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