Several clinical studies have proved that intermittent fasting can help you strengthen your daily rhythms as well as boost your overall health, internal as well as external. There are different versions of the intermittent fasting diet. These diets when followed will help you to achieve different weight loss benefits as well.
There is a new study conducted that investigated on the working process of such fasting and concluded that the key factor for producing such overwhelming effects is the circadian rhythms. Over the years with its proven benefits and results, intermittent fasting has grown in popularity.
The primary reason for its popularity is that the modern world seems awash with several fad diets. To avoid the side effects of improper food habits people tend to give a fair bit of attention to this concept of intermittent fasting.
The working and its basics
Just as the name implies, intermittent fasting involves starving for an extended period of time. A lot of studies have found that there is a lot of benefits in this type of diet though the reason for such health benefits provided is however still not clear.
Recently a study was conducted by a group of scientists at the University of California. They investigated the impact of such fasting on the circadian clock or the circadian rhythm, more commonly known as the daily sleep–wake cycles. They found that:
There are several ways in which this circadian rhythm is influenced and eventually affect your health in a positive or a negative way depending on how you treat this clock. These influencing factors include:
All these factors will play its individual role in modulating the circadian rhythms. Perhaps the most confusing and least understood factor among all of the above is you food intake. Your circadian rhythm is affected not only if you eat more but also if you eat less. It is here where the concept of intermittent fasting comes into play.
Fasting and circadian rhythms
Several studies have found that fasting diet actually work wonders not only for your circadian rhythm but also for your overall health. The researchers of the new study mentioned above were predominantly interested in learning about the influences of fasting on the circadian rhythms in the skeletal muscles, liver and other organs of your body and the research reports are published in the Cell Reports journal.
They stated that fasting is the most common and natural phenomenon for most animals and humans as well. You do not eat for 24 hours and every minute and neither do the animals. This is because of two specific reasons such as:
Moreover, during the times of hardships, most animals and humans experience specific metabolic changes in their body. This occurs because the body needs time to adapt to the given situation.
The basics of fasting
Another recent study conducted to find out the basics of intermittent fasting and its primary effects revealed some very interesting facts. According to the report of this study it is found that:
All these facts and findings pointed towards one fact that even if you consume the same amount of fat and calories and have the same energy intake as a person who eats continuously, you will have a much lower chance of developing fats and becoming obese if you follow the concept of intermittent fasting. You will also not develop any metabolic disorders which are found most commonly in persons who eat anything they like and whenever they like.
In addition to that, the most important factor noticed by the researchers is that the circadian oscillations of both animals and humans are most robust in the groups that fast regularly.
Rhythmic fasting genes
All of the above factors prove that fasting is the strongest metabolic cue that will help you to entrain rhythmic gene expression. Several scientists believe that if you have a more clearly defined cycle you will be better off to promote good health.
The rhythmic fasting genes adhere to the 24-hour period of fasting and there are several statistical and scientific measures for different physiological functions. It is found that fasting helps in:
All these just for not easting for a couple of hours! Impressive, isn’t it?