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Intermittent Fasting: Its Effects on Weight Loss and General Health

Written by
Dr. Majd Hasan Obeidat
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Jan 20, 2018 and last reviewed on Oct 15, 2019   -  2 min read

Abstract

Intermittent fasting has gained a lot of popularity recently, as it is an effective way to lose weight and improve health. This article discusses the scientific benefits of intermittent fasting on general health, including weight loss and cognitive functions.

Intermittent Fasting: Its Effects on Weight Loss and General Health

Intermittent fasting (IF) is the practice of going for longer than usual periods of time without any caloric intake.

We do this naturally every day when we sleep at night. Our body is then said to be in a fasting state until we break the fast next morning with a 'breakfast'. Intermittent fasting is now one of the most popular trends in fitness and weight loss. Intermittent fasting, unlike other diet and weight loss plans, is not concerned with the type of food you eat but the time you eat your food. It is all about the timing!

There are many techniques to do intermittent fasting but most commonly, fasting for 16 or 24 hours straight without taking a single calorie is the most popular. Humans actually have been fasting throughout history and evolution because, for example, the primitive man did not have grocery stores and supermarkets to buy food from. He had to hunt and food would not be available all the time. So, fasting was a logical way of life and is thought to be more natural than our constantly fed state.

According to dietitian Robbie Clark "Intermittent fasting is safe when performed properly, and can change the function of cells, genes, and hormones - and is therefore beneficial for weight loss and disease prevention.”

Going through extended periods of time without food pushes the body into hyperdrive pumping growth hormone and testosterone into the blood, so the primitive cave man could have the energy to hunt and gather food.

Here Are Some of the Benefits of IF

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All the benefits mentioned above are scientifically proven. Although a lot of the research concerning (IF) has been done on animals, human testing is just gaining momentum and seems to show pleasing results as well. It is not a magical solution to all of mankind’s diseases but it certainly is worth giving a try.

Please consult your doctor before you try intermittent fasting, especially if you have any medical problems.

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