Losing weight and trying to keep your energy levels maintained can be a very difficult task for some. That’s why we’re sharing this video by DoctorOz on how you can actually burn fat and keep your energy level up by intermittent fasting.
What is Intermittent Fasting?
Ok so I get a lot of questions on if intermittent fasting is some sort of a diet. Intermittent fasting is not a diet, but rather a dieting pattern.
To make it simple, it’s making a conscious decision to skip certain meals on purpose.
By fasting then feasting on purpose, intermittent fasting basically means that you consume your calories during a specific period of the day, and choose not to eat food for a larger period of time.
How Does Intermittent Fasting Work?
So you could be thinking, okay, so by skipping a meal, I will eat less than I normally eat on average (2 meals instead of 3), and thus I will lose weight, right?
Answer is yes, by cutting out an entire meal each day, you are consuming fewer calories per week – even if your two meals per day are slightly bigger than before. Overall, you’re still consuming fewer calories per day. This is highlighted in a JAMA study in which both calorie restricted dieters and intermittent fasters lost similar amounts of weight over the period of a year. The timing of meals can also influence how your body reacts.
Intermittent Fasting also help because your body operates differently when “feasting” compared to when “fasting”.
Does Intermittent Fasting Have Different Effects On Men And Women?
To quickly answer this for you: Yes, Intermittent Fasting can affect men and women differently. Intermittent Fasting affects women’s hormones more than men, and we believe this because of a protein-like molecule called kisspeptin that neurons use to communicate with each other (and get important stuff done).
Kisspeptin stimulates GnRH production in both sexes, and we know that it’s very sensitive to leptin, insulin, and ghrelin hormones that regulate and react to hunger and satiety.
Intriguingly, females have more kisspeptin than males. More kisspeptin neurons may mean greater sensitivity to changes in energy balance.
This could be one reason why fasting more readily causes women’s kisspeptin production to dip, tossing their GnRH off kilter.
Hope you enjoyed this!