There are claims that intermittent fasting not only aids weight loss but also improves brain health, cognitive function and even as a life extension tool.
Fasting, of course, is not a new thing it has been around for centuries used by athletes, various religions and lifestyle gurus.
There has been a lot of research and study into intermittent fasting science that suggests it has many applications in medicine.
What is Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent Fasting (commonly known as “IF”) is not dieting rather it is how you plan your diet or schedule when you eat.
To fast means not to eat and diet is what you eat.
Usually, you’ll find that most people begin their fast at bedtime, skip breakfast and not have lunch or anything to eat until early afternoon.
Most people who plan their diet with an intermittent fast are doing so for weight loss as IF ramps up the bodies fat burning ability, particularly if your body is already in ketosis.
Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss & Fat Burning
Intermittent fasting has the effect of prolonging the bodies postabsorptive state and limiting the absorptive state. By doing so increases the length of time the body uses its own energy reserves.
What do absorptive and postabsorptive states mean?
- The absorptive state of your digestive system is the time in which your body spends absorbing food after you have eaten also called fed state.
- The postabsorptive state is the time in which your digestive system is empty in a fasted state and it is relying on the energy that your body has stored for such times.
Most people, depending on what they eat are in a fed state for 3-4 hours after their last meal, some people only ever get out of being in a fed state when they’re sleeping.