Whilst certainly not an “essential” part of a paleo diet, intermittent fasting definitely gets a lot of attention – and criticism.
The idea of intermittent fasting is certainly contra to the conventional wisdom advice to constantly graze. There are lots of studies to suggest many benefits to long windows between meals – and it definitely seems to be a good way to control appetite and lose weight.
In my personal experience it’s been intermittent fasting that enabled me to finally start losing weight after a long plateau. But, it’s not right for everyone.
I think it’s important to know what you’re doing if you try intermittent fasting – how to make it work – and if it’s right for you. Eat Stop Eat is a great guide with lots of support and practical advice on fasting.
Latest research has confirmed that 5 days every 55-60 produces beneficial effects in anti-aging and cholesterol levels.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-25549805 – Peter Bowes
….One idea being explored by Longo is that a five-day intervention every 60 days may be enough to trigger positive changes in the body.
“This is exactly what we have in mind to allow people, for let’s say 55 every 60 days, to decide what they are going to eat with the help of a good doctor, and diet in the five days. They may not think it is the greatest food they have ever eaten, but it’s a lot easier, let’s say, than complete fasting and it’s a lot safer than complete fasting and it may be more effective than complete fasting.”
The very small meals I was given during the five-day fast were far from gourmet cooking, but I was glad to have something to eat. There are advocates of calorie restriction who promote complete fasting.
My blood tests also detected a significant rise in a type of cell, which may play a role in the regeneration of tissues and organs.
It is a controversial area and not fully understood by scientists.
“Your data corresponds to pre-clinical data that we got from animal models that shows that cycles of fasting could elevate this particular substance, considered to be stem cells,” said Dr Min Wei, the lead investigator…..