Intermittent fasting can help fight obesity.

 

Intermittent fast for up to sixteen weeks without making other changes helps fight obesity and other metabolic disorders .  according to a new study published in in the journal Cell Research  Researchers found that intermittent fasting of mice kick started their metabolism and burning fat by generating heat. Groups of mice were exposed to sixteen weeks of intermittent fasting consisting of being fed for two days followed by one day without anything to eat. Their calorie intake was not adjusted otherwise. After four months the mice in the fasting group had lost more weight than those in the control group who continued to eat the same amount of calories. Weight loss in the fasting group was not the only change. There was a decrease in the build up of white fat by increasing the brown-like fat (involved in burning energy and producing body heat) and their insulin and glucose systems remained more stable. In addition,m these changes were seen after 6 weeks.  This was found to be a result of changes in pathways in the immune system and the bodies reaction to inflammation in which a type of white blood cells that play a role in fighting inflammation is triggered. This leads to stimulation of fat cells to burn stored fat or lipids by generating heat. The authors concluded that “intermittent fasting without a reduction of caloric intake can be a preventive and therapeutic approach against obesity and metabolic diseases.”.

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