Skip to comments.Can Intermittent Fasting Really Help You Lose Weight and Live Longer?
Posted on 10/17/2021 3:14:18 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Maybe you’ve tried intermittent fasting (IF) to shed a few (pandemic!) pounds, since the hope and potential for weight loss is what this eating plan is best known for. And yes, scientists are looking into whether or not it really is effective at helping people slim down. But some studies show that IF—in which you only eat during a specified time period—may have other possible long-term health benefits as well.
“The goal with IF is improving metabolic health, reducing the risk of certain conditions such as diabetes, and increasing longevity,” says Laura Kelly, C.N.S., L.D.N., an advanced genomic nutritionist at Nutritional Genomics Institute. “One theory as to why fasting may be beneficial is that during the fasting period, the body’s cells are under mild stress, similar to exercise. The cells respond to this stress adaptively by enhancing their ability to cope with stress and to resist disease.”
“Intermittent fasting doesn’t have a standard definition or regimen,” says Deborah Cohen, D.C.N., R.D.N., associate professor in the department of clinical and preventive nutrition sciences at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. “Because of the number of different methods, it’s difficult to study and compare them, and we have limited evidence beyond six months about its benefits. Many of the studies also involve a very small number of participants.”
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I lost 25 pounds over the last 3 years doing this. I will probably do this the rest of my life.
“Can Intermittent Fasting Really Help You Lose Weight”
Depends on what you do before and after the Fasting.
“and Live Longer?”
No, but it will seem like it.
Do you mind telling us what your IF schedule looks like?
How can you be sure it was the fasting and not eating less?
Just block out 14 hours where you do not eat.
We have breakfast at 8:30.
Dinner is at 6.
I do not eat anything after that.
Other then that we pretty much eat a normal diet.
The kids get a small snack about 9. Because they are growing kids.
The adults do not because we do not wish to grow any more. :)
I have too. Once your body gets used to the routine it's not difficult. If you break the routine however, it's a little incomfortable to get it back.
By the way I eat at a meal at about 3-4PM and a smaller meal at about 6-7PM.
Yeah I was just teasing. Fasting has worked for many.
I just exercise a little more and cut some sugar and night snacks, my favorite thing.
And I do that every time I go up more than 3-4 pounds and stay there more than a few days. My secret is to never let it go far enough to need serious anything, just a little tweaking and it’s all good.
“Can Intermittent Fasting Really Help You Lose Weight and Live Longer?”
I don’t know...ask any remaining survivors of the Bataan Death March.
I’m more of a grazer. I can go into a “hangry funk” if I don’t eat every few hours.
I’m lucky, never been more than 6-7 pounds over my target weight in my rather long life.
If you take care when that scale goes up or down, yes you can be too thin, you will never have any major problems.
My mom is 80 and probably could still fit into her wedding dress. She is not crazy about it but she has always made sure to keep an eye on the scale. Five pounds either way and she makes an adjustment.
I know you’re not asking me, but I lost 60 pounds on a form of intermittent fasting, and have kept it off easily for 3 years.
Two meals a day, no snacking in between. Once you break the habit of snacking you realize that’s exactly what it was - a habit, not hunger.
Thanks for the info. I appreciate it
Bless her heart, that’s awesome.
and don't you get really hungry in between meals? Thanks”
Harmless Teddy Bear wrote about two meals a day. I've heard of it working well for some. I think we have to do what works in tune with our individual metabolism.
I retired about 15 months ago. Now that I’m not snacking in the office all day, I’ve lost almost 40 pounds without making any effort to lose weight. Yes, snacking definitely was a habit, more for distraction than actual hunger.
These days, I find that I’ve fallen into a sort of intermittent fasting routine, though I am not at all rigorous about it. I just tend to do almost all my eating between about 10 and 7. My wife needs to lose some weight, and I’m trying to get her to consider a similar routine. One difficulty, though, is that she has to take certain medications with food at certain times of the day. We’ll work it out.
The program I followed allowed a very small amount of food with medication if necessary.
So, I sometimes eat two little peanut butter crackers with my morning meds even though I don’t have my first meal until lunch.
This approach has not caused any issues with my overall IF results. You might have your wife give that a try.
Light for hubby and me, more for the kids because, once again, they are growing.
I do try to keep sweets and starches on the light side for all of us but since we live in the country the kids are out running around for a couple hours a day so I am not fanatic about it.
Thanks. I’ll get her to try something like that.
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