Intermittent fasting improves glucose metabolism and insulin sensitivity, reduces oxidative stress and it slows cell proliferation which means it might reduce the hyperproliferation/hyperkeratinization of skin cells that leads to acne. In studies on cancer, both calorie restriction and intermittent fasting slow cell proliferation. It also promotes progesterone levels as they drop after a meal. Constant meals mean constant drops. And impacts androgen production.
I'm interested in this because it supposedly can produce the same benefits as calorie restriction: reduced oxidative stress, improves ability to cope with stress, lowers blood pressure, improves insulin resistance, etc. All of which reduce inflammation and thus any inflammation related health condition. Like acne and many much more serious conditions. It might also reduce hyperproliferation of skin cells which are the real root cause of true acne & other skin conditions. http://www.acne.org/...ease/?p=3168318
Calorie restriction has been proven to promote longevity by improving all kinds of health conditions that affect your longevity. But there's no way I'm going the calorie restriction route.
One method of intermittent fasting is to do all your eating within an 8 hour period, then you fast for 16 hours. This is why a lot of people believe in skipping breakfast and not breaking the nightly fast until noon.
Which I could never, ever do. Morning through lunch is when I am hungry. I could skip dinner, easy. Since I usually eat breakfast around 7am, I'd just have to fast from 3pm onward.
Also, in fasting you don't have to completely eat nothing. It could just be minimal calories. Another method is to alternate days of eating normally with days of eating only like 20% of your normal calorie intake. That seems much less appealing to me.
Note that the studies I've referred to were based on 16 hour or alternate day fasts. And they were done on men. Other experts have proposed that the fasting window should be shorter for women i.e. 14 hours.
I often eat only a small amount of low calorie food at dinnertime , i.e. bone broth with greens. Or green smoothie plus something for fat to take supplements with.
And of course, you don't have to do this all the time. But each time you do it does you good.
Here's two articles from the Marksdailyapple.com blog on methods and benefits for intermittent fasting:
The Myriad Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
Anyone know of other methods, advantages, etc?
Edited by alternativista, 01 August 2014 - 04:20 PM.