The popular method of dealing with obesity is not as versatile as it seems at first glance. Together with Natalia Goncharova, President of the European Nutritional Center, we figure out where the trend originated, who is its founder and whether it is worth trying.
Intermittent fasting is said to boost immunity. Is it true?
This trend originated in Silicon Valley, when many top managers and even corporate owners began using social media to tell the world about how they were hungry for 22 hours or more. Then an interesting idea was picked up by Hollywood celebrities: many of them adhered to this principle of nutrition. By the way, the principles of biohacking came to us from there - when health control is based on the vital signs of the body. All of these methods are not fully understood.
For example, the work of the Japanese scientist Yoshinori Osumi on the topic of cell autophagy became a prerequisite for the spread of intermittent fasting. For her, the biologist received the Nobel Prize in 2016. But the fact that it in any way touches on the topic of intermittent fasting is a serious misconception. In fact, the information reached the masses in a highly distorted form: the work does not talk about how fasting affects the human body. It only describes the principles of the cell for recycling its own unnecessary parts. And on the example of yeast!
When the scientist himself came to Moscow with a lecture, the audience had many questions, including the connection between starvation and cell autophagy. The 3 main statements from this talk are:
- The study was carried out in yeast;
- The scientist has been researching this topic for more than 50 years, and the issue of cell autophagy has been studied only by 50%.
- Experiments on the human body were not carried out, so it cannot be argued that it is safe for us.
Of course, if scientists continue to delve into this topic, we will be able to get a refutation or confirmation of this connection, but for now, you can get a lot of unpleasant consequences if you thoughtlessly believe popular culture.
If you want to lose weight using intermittent fasting, first think about whether you are ready to follow these principles for a long time, and also assess how well you know your body, since this method of losing weight has contraindications. In general, any dietary system that restricts the amount of calories consumed can help you lose those extra pounds. Another question is how to keep the result for a long time? To do this, we recommend not experimenting, but turning to a balanced diet.