Stanford Researches Brain Function Benefits of I.F.
From www.stanford.edu –
If you’re a regular listener to the CLB podcast, you’ll hear me, in our next episode (coming soon!) discussing the latest neuroscience research on intermittent energy restriction (IER). IER, as the name implies, involves intermittently restricting energy intake, or calories.
You can do this in several ways.
In one method you severely restrict calories (think 400-500 total intake per day) two to three days a week; in another you confine your food intake to an 8-hour period every day; and in yet another you fast once a week for a 24- to 36-hour period.
Editor’s Note: The brain health benefits of intermittent fasting is often overlooked because let’s face it, we’re often more concerned with looking great and losing weight fast. But the studies are showing that we will get the brain power effects of fasting whether we concern ourselves with it or not.
Stephanie Bair, an esteemed researcher who graduated from Harvard Law School cum laude and completed a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Utah, studies brain development, learning and memory.
What makes her article intriguing is that she not only did the research on intermittent fasting but she was even moved to try it for herself after seeing the study findings. She had a bit of a problem adapting to fasting at first, as many do in the first month or so. Eventually though, she began to feel what I can definitely attest to, a desire to keep going with the fast. In fact she plainly says, she began to enjoy it.
This has been my exact experience as well as those of my clients. After the adaptation phase, the going gets a lot easier and most people really find their groove and go on to enjoy the great fitness and mental benefits of intermittent fasting. Here are our article highlights:
- Intermittent fasting is very likely to help you develop a stronger, healthier, body and brain.
- Human intermittent fasting studies report fasters complaining of initial side effects like grumpiness, headaches, and preoccupation with hunger, they also say that after about a month, most fasters adapt and learn to tolerate the fasting lifestyle pretty well.
- Human and non-human animal studies have shown that intermittent fasting increases synaptic plasticity (a biological marker of learning and memory)