Phillips and Blow PC - January 2020

the Phillips and Blow Monthly Bulletin

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01 .2020

Benefits Beyond MereWeight Loss Unlocking the Secrets of Intermittent Fasting

We probably all heard it when we were younger: If you want to grow up big and strong, you have to eat all your meals. Most of us, if not all of us, probably took that to heart. In the United States, most adults consume three meals a day with snacks in between. Many adults eat too much, which has made nearly 40% of Americans obese. So, what’s to be done? Countless diets have their own purported benefits, but one regimen has benefits that go beyond mere weight loss — and it defies the conventional three meals a day we grew up eating: controlled, intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting is essentially the practice of setting aside certain days during the week, or certain times during the day, to abstain from eating. While this defies the conventional wisdom to simply eat healthier meals and snacks, intermittent fasting throws our entire eating schedule out the window. However, studies have shown this can positively affect the metabolism and lead to weight loss. Without getting too much into the nitty- gritty details of how our metabolisms react to intermittent fasting, the process could be explained as follows: When we eat a meal, the food is broken down into basic components to be used for energy, like glucose, and are stored in our tissue, like fat. When we fast, however, the lack of glucose intake forces our bodies to use stored up fat for energy instead, eventually leading to weight loss. But as I’ve said before, the benefits of fasting don’t stop there. When a person fasts, they might also improve the body’s response to stress. During fasting, cells will actually respond

by repairing DNA, removing damaged proteins and other cellular components, and recycling undamaged molecules for later use. All of these processes make the body more resilient to physical stress. Another positive effect intermittent fasting can have on the body is how it can lead to an increased lifespan and overall better health. Extensive research over the past century has alluded to the fact that, under the right conditions, intermittent fasting in animals can lead to increased life spans. In humans, intermittent fasting has led to decreases in obesity, hypertension, and inflammation. Years of extensive research into intermittent fasting have concluded it can improve a person’s physical and cognitive functions — when done right. Not only that, but fasting can also go a long way in preventing not only obesity but also diabetes, cardiovascular

disease, cancer, and neurodegenerative disorders! That’s right, it’s currently believed that fasting can help prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia. While all of this is encouraging, you need to consider a few things if you want to start fasting intermittently. When switching to an intermittent fasting regimen, most people will feel irritable and have a hard time concentrating when they can’t eat. As your body adjusts to the new diet, however, these symptoms should go away after about a month. In any case, you should consult a dietitian or nutritionist to see which fasting regimen would be right for you. If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to eat healthier in 2020, why not consider what intermittent fasting could do for you?

– Justin Blow



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