Research shows that intermittent fasting does more than just burn fat. Mark Mattson, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Neuroscience explains, “When changes occur with this metabolic switch, it affects the body and brain.” One of Mattson’s studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine stated that Intermittent fasting had a wide range of health benefits including a longer life, leaner body and a sharper mind. “Many things happen during intermittent fasting that cam protect the organs against chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, age-related neurodegenerative disorders, even inflammatory bowel disease and many cancers,” he says.
Here are some other benefits of intermittent fasting research has revealed so far:
Thinking and memory. Studies discovered that intermittent fasting boosts working memory in animals and verbal memory in adult humans.
Heart Heath. Intermittent fasting improved blood pressure and resting heart rates as well as other heart-related measurements.
Physical performance. Fasting for 16 hours showed faster fat loss without loss of muscle mass.
Diabetes and Obesity. In animal studies, intermittent fasting prevented obesity. In six brief human studies, obese subjects lost weight through intermittent fasting.
Tissue health. In animals, intermittent fasting was used on animals after surgeries. Tissue health improved faster on those who intermittently fasted.
Is intermittent fasting safe?
Most people use intermittent fasting for weight loss, but some do try this method to address chronic conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, high cholesterol or arthritis. However, intermittent fasting isn’t for everyone. You should always check with your Primary Care Practitioner before trying it. Some people should steer clear of intermittent fasting:
- Children and teens under the age of 18.
- Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- People with diabetes or blood sugar problems.
- Those with a history of eating disorders.
As long as you don’t fall in these categories intermittent fasting can be a safe, effective way to lose weight.