Amie is interviewed by Veggie Magazine about the topic of intermittent fasting
Could intermittent fasting help us loose weight and have health benefits?
Intermittent fasting generally means that you consume your calories during a specific window of the day, and choose not to eat food for a larger window of time.
New research into fasting is turning conventional nutrition advice on its head challenging tradition recommendations such as always have breakfast, eat little and often, and never go hungry. Some studies are showing reduced risk factors for ageing and diseases including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, whilst benefits include reduced level of systemic inflammation and visceral fat when using intermittent fasting.
Amie Richmond agrees, saying “there is mounting scientific evidence to support intermittent fasting”.
“One study found that intermittent fasting helped to reverse diabetes and facilitate fat burning by reprogramming non-insulin producing cells.”
“ Intermittent fasting has also been shown to enhance hormone function to facilitate weight loss. A 2014 review from Scientific Literature showed intermittent fasting can cause weight reductions of 3-8% over 3-24 weeks. The people on the trial also lost 4-7% of their waist circumference, which indicates that they specifically lost belly fat, the harmful fat in the abdominal cavity that can cause disease.”
Nonetheless, fasting isn’t for everyone, and depending on your health and lifestyle circumstances does need to be recommended by a qualified and experience practitioner.
If your goal is fat loss rather than fitness Amie says that intermittent fasting can be very effective. “In order to fast for 12-16 hours you should ideally do this overnight rather than during the day when you require extra energy and it’s important not to fast daily as it can increase stress and elevate cortisol levels when done too often”.
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