Intermittent fasting, which typically involves fasting for 16 hours every day or fasting for a 24-hour period twice a week, is one of the most popular health and fitness trends, especially among those who are looking to lose weight. Now, an analysis conducted at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville suggests intermittent fasting may slow the aging process and help prevent disease.
Intermittent fasting forces the body, which normally uses glucose for fuel, to convert certain types of fat into fatty acids that can be absorbed by the blood. These fatty acids then produce ketones, which the body uses for energy. Intermittent fasting alters the body’s metabolism, maintains lean muscle mass, and may put less stress on the body than other weight loss programs.
Based on their review of several recent studies that focused on the mechanisms and benefits of intermittent fasting, the researchers determined that the weight-loss technique may reduce inflammation, preserve cognitive function, and protect against cardiovascular disease. Want to try fasting? Talk to your health care provider before beginning any new diet or exercise plan.