Effects of intermittent fasting on body composition and clinical health markers

Jason Loera (March 13, 2018)

Overview

Overconsumption of foods is highly prevalent in modern culture — namely western culture. Restricting calories has been recommended for the general public for some time, but the effects have yet to be deemed successful. Rather than addressing the epidemic from a calories in vs calories out perspective, we may need to address this from a hormonal perspective. The long-lasting outcomes of over-consuming has ultimately led to a hormonal imbalance — specifically insulin — resulting in higher rates of obesity which can lead to other health-related issues such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus. There has been a common association between these kinds of diseases and medicinal interventions, but not all medicines show promising results. To reiterate, from a dietary standpoint, caloric restriction diets seem to fall short when prescribed to overweight individuals due to the lack in compliancy. In other words, it is difficult to prescribe across large populations. Fortunately, emerging research has been pointing to a forgotten, yet successful, intervention that is referred to as intermittent fasting. Recent publications have indicated several successful outcomes simply due to hormonal reestablishment.

References

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