According to recent study, intermittent fasting—a technique that involves skipping meals—is becoming more and more popular as a means of trying to lose weight.
According to the research, diet restriction might not be enough to reduce body fat on its own.
The most recent information on intermittent fasting has been compiled by researchers from Wageningen University in the Netherlands and the University of Southern Denmark.
Numerous studies have been conducted over the years to examine the effects of intermittent fasting on the body in different contexts.
One important finding is that calorie intake management must be combined with intermittent fasting in order to achieve weight loss. This emphasizes the need of lowering total calorie intake rather than depending only on longer meal breaks.
Philip Ruppert, a molecular scientist at the University of Southern Denmark, emphasizes that intermittent fasting does not change the basic principle that weight loss requires consuming fewer calories than burning them.
This implies that taking an infinite amount of food is not permitted when fasting intermittently. Basic physiology is what it is, and fasting cannot change that.”
The review explores the molecular impacts of intermittent fasting, including the production of ketones by the liver as a result of increased fatty acid breakdown and the release of fatty acids for energy.
The study also looks into the phenomena of euphoria that some people experience after fasting for several days, and it raises the possibility that this phenomenon is related to changed chemical reactions in the body and brain.
One theory is that ketones effectively deliver energy to the brain, generating a more contented mental state, but scientists are still unsure of the exact explanation.
There are other ways to practice intermittent fasting, such as eating within certain time limits and fasting on designated days. Prominent public personalities have approved of these diets.
Beyond weight loss, the research team points out other health advantages like lowered blood pressure. But since everyone reacts differently to fasting, it’s important to see a doctor before cutting back on eating.
“There are indeed many health benefits to intermittent fasting, but fasting itself does not lead to significant weight loss,” Ruppert says.