Intermittent fasting: What is it? Benefits, risks and success storie

One of the fastest-growing diet trends worldwide and in the US is intermittent fasting.  

People only eat during certain times of the day and fast or refrain from meals the rest of the day.  

Fasting schedules range from four to twelve hours. The 8- and 16-hour programme, when people eat for eight hours then fast for 16, is the most popular.  

“You're not limiting your calories per day, you're just limiting the time you're eating,” said Dr. Christopher Hine, Principal Researcher at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute studying intermittent fasting.  

After almost a decade of research, Dr. Hine believes they're seeing positive outcomes. He said pre-surgery calorie restriction improves outcomes, organ function, and moods. Going into surgery stress, less is more.”  

He claims that fasting activates autophagy, which may prevent diabetes, high cholesterol, and cancer and reduce or reverse ageing.  

He said, “Autophagy is basically where a cell starts eating parts of its own like waste products or maybe misfolded proteins which could lead to Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease,”  

and that intermittent fasting stimulates fat burning, slows protein synthesis, slows malignant cell growth, and boosts stress response to make you more stress-resistant.  

No illness or surgery plagued Toni Griswold. The nutrition-degreed 50-year-old registered nurse wants to reduce a few pounds. After all other diets failed, she tried intermittent fasting.  

“I couldn't look in the mirror, like omg is that even me,” she added. “I'd lose 15 pounds then gain 5 pounds, it was that classic yo yo.”    Until she tried 8/16-hour intermittent fasting.   After a year, she shed 50 pounds and kept it off.   “Yeah, it's amazing and everything improved!”  

Numerous testimonials are available, but the American Heart Association has found that time-restricted eating “may be associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality compared with eating 12-16 hours per day.”  

According to a National Key Research and Development Programme and National Natural Science Foundation of China study, 20-thousand persons on an 8-hour time-restricted eating schedule had a 91% increased risk of cardiovascular disease death.  

Children, people with Type 1 diabetes, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers should not fast. Toni gradually added time each day to an 8- and 16-hour model. It may not work for everyone, but she lost weight, gained energy, and felt better. It's lifestyle, not diet. This is great—I won't eat like I did again.”  

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