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Benefits to intermittent fasting aside from weight loss?

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Created September 19, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Are there any real benefits to IF aside from weight loss and a bit of boosted metabolism or watever? Will it help me live longer and feel better into old age? Longevity is very important to me.

I have no need to lose weight but since going Paleo I find that I'm often not hungry at normal meal times. I typically force myself to eat anyway out of habit. Should I consider just missing meals or will I waste away? By some measures, I'm actually under weight (6'2" and under 140 lbs, male) and tend to have a really hard time gaining anything.

I can see why I don't get so hungry - my meals are usually higher calorie (lots of fat) and more nutritious in general (eating "real food") so maybe I just don't need as many meals.

You thoughts?

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598 · September 20, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Cool! Before going Paleo I remember sometimes fasting (wihout Paleo this might mean being hungry for 6-8 hours lol) when I knew I had to be extra focused. I just knew intuitively that I needed to not eat too much or I'd lose my edge. Never really noticed feeling stronger, but that may be more so with Paleo, or that I just never tried...

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598 · September 20, 2013 at 5:36 PM

A great read. Mark is a very compelling health writer. So, your answer is "accepted" but to be fair, it was the link that got you there.

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245 · September 19, 2013 at 9:54 PM

i always find it pretty strange when they show children with cancer that have ice popsicles on commercials/adds. seemingly conveying that they accommodate the children and keep them happy, but knowing that cancer cells feed on glucose that seems really bad.(granted im not a doctor, so maybe there is a flaw in this logic.)

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245 · September 19, 2013 at 4:18 PM

ive heard people using things like calorie restriction to increase longevity, something about cells only being able to replicate a limited amount of times, so if you reduce the energy going to them they replicate at a slower rate... in theory increasing longevity.

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/health-benefits-of-intermittent-fasting/

might be worth reading if youre interested(spoiler:it will if youre a rat)

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598 · September 20, 2013 at 5:36 PM

A great read. Mark is a very compelling health writer. So, your answer is "accepted" but to be fair, it was the link that got you there.

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5 · September 20, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Blood glucose stabilization, increased insulin sensitivity, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol (interpretations may vary), ketosis, some proponents will say heightened mental clarity, HGH elevation if coupled with heavy lifting, one thing I have noticed when I work out fasted is that I am clearly stronger; somehow I can just lift heavier and more reps it may be all mental, maybe a product of heightened mental clarity/focus?

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598 · September 20, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Cool! Before going Paleo I remember sometimes fasting (wihout Paleo this might mean being hungry for 6-8 hours lol) when I knew I had to be extra focused. I just knew intuitively that I needed to not eat too much or I'd lose my edge. Never really noticed feeling stronger, but that may be more so with Paleo, or that I just never tried...

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17344 · September 19, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Autophagy. It initiates an intracellular cleanup program that removes broken proteins from cells and also signals the immune system to go clean up virii and bacteria.

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184 · September 19, 2013 at 9:48 PM

A new animal study suggests that short-term starvation might improve outcomes for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy

More generally, cancer cells can only feed on glucose, while normal cells can feed on glucose or ketones. So it's easy to imagine that whenever you fast and go into ketosis, you kill tumorous cells in your body (everyone has some in their body, but when they become too many, you get a cancer). But I don't think there have been studies demonstrating this.

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245 · September 19, 2013 at 9:54 PM

i always find it pretty strange when they show children with cancer that have ice popsicles on commercials/adds. seemingly conveying that they accommodate the children and keep them happy, but knowing that cancer cells feed on glucose that seems really bad.(granted im not a doctor, so maybe there is a flaw in this logic.)

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