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Erin Palinski, RD, CDE, LDN Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting has been a controversial topic in health and fitness, but new studies are showing that it can help treat obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. Fasting allows the body to choose which fuel to burn, leading to an improved metabolism and reducing oxidative stress. Also, fasting improves blood pressure and heart rate. Intermittent fasting is very specific and should be talked over with a doctor before starting anything.
Apr. 26, 2013 — Intermittent fasting is all the rage, but scientific evidence showing how such regimes affect human health is not always clear cut. Now a scientific review in the British Journal of Diabetes and Vascular Disease published by SAGE, suggests that fasting diets may help those with diabetes and cardiovascular disease, alongside established weight loss claims.
Intermittent fasting -fasting on a given number of consecutive or alternate days — has recently been hailed as a path to weight loss and improved cardiovascular risk. A team led by James Brown from Aston University has evaluated the various approaches to intermittent fasting in the scientific literature. They searched specifically for advantages and limitations in treating obesity and type 2 diabetes using fasting diets.
The basic format of intermittent fasting is to alternate days eating ‘normally’ with days when calorie consumption is restricted. This can either be done on alternative days, or where two days each week are classed as ‘fasting days’. These types of intermittent fasting have been shown in trials to be as effective as or more effective than counting calories every day to lose weight. Evidence from clinical trials shows that fasting can limit inflammation, improve levels of sugars and fats in circulation, and reduce blood pressure. Our fasting bodies change how they select which fuel to burn, improving metabolism and reducing oxidative stress.
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- James E. Brown, Michael Mosley and Sarah Aldred. Intermittent fasting: a dietary intervention for prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular disease? British Journal of Diabetes and Vascular Disease, April 2013
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