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Feast or Fast: Unraveling the Science and Secrets of Intermittent Fasting
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Intermittent fasting (IF) has gained significant attention in recent years, both in the health community and among those looking to optimize their wellness. This dietary approach, which involves cycling between periods of eating and fasting, has been linked to a range of health benefits, from weight loss to improved brain function. But what does the science say? In this edition of the newsletter, we delve into the world of intermittent fasting, exploring its mechanisms, benefits, and the latest research findings. Read on to discover more about this fascinating dietary trend.
1. Intermittent Fasting: What is it, and how does it work?
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In this article by Johns Hopkins Medicine, intermittent fasting is explored in detail. The article explains the different methods of intermittent fasting, its potential benefits, and who should avoid it. It emphasizes that while intermittent fasting can be beneficial, it's essential to approach it correctly and consult with a healthcare professional.
2. Research on intermittent fasting shows health benefits
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The National Institute on Aging discusses recent research on intermittent fasting. The studies suggest that intermittent fasting can improve blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and insulin sensitivity. The article also highlights the potential benefits of intermittent fasting on brain health and longevity.
3. Intermittent fasting – questions & answers
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Dr. Jason Fung and Dr. Bret Scher answer common questions about intermittent fasting on Diet Doctor. They address various topics, from the different variants of intermittent fasting to its potential positive and negative effects. The article serves as a comprehensive guide for those new to intermittent fasting or those looking for more in-depth information.
4. Research shows that intermittent fasting is safe and effective
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The University of Illinois at Chicago presents findings that intermittent fasting can be a safe and effective way to lose weight. The research indicates that intermittent fasting can lead to significant weight loss in a short period, and participants also reported improved energy levels and mood.
5. 10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
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Healthline lists ten health benefits of intermittent fasting, backed by scientific research. From weight loss and reduced inflammation to improved brain health and increased lifespan, the article delves into the various ways intermittent fasting can positively impact health.8