What are popular approaches to intermittent fasting

Intermittent fasting makes the unhealthy belly fat grow

Intermittent fasting is becoming more and more popular, as it should also help with weight loss. But apparently it does not make the belly base disappear. On the contrary: the belly fat switches to production instead of degradation, as researchers have found out.

Intermittent fasting is a much-touted recipe against fat deposits. But of all things, the unhealthy belly fat is not supposed to melt the popular method. Researchers found evidence of this in protein analyzes of the adipose tissue of intermittent fasting mice, as reported by the German Medical Journal.

Intermittent fasting is a real hype because it promises weight loss without changing your diet. Those who fast intermittently can continue to eat as before, but only at defined time windows. Depending on the fasting method, fasting is 16 hours a day, two days a week or every other day. The method promises to help you lose weight effectively and in the long term. Studies also indicate positive effects on blood sugar metabolism and cholesterol levels.

Fat loss enzymes run out of steam

However, many nutritionists doubt that this concept will work in the long term. An experimental study from the University of Sydney has now shown in mice why weight gain could quickly return. The researchers forced the animals to a more stringent variant of intermittent fasting, refusing them food every other day. The researchers analyzed the effects on metabolism.

They found the most noticeable changes in the enzymes that play a role in fat loss. These enzymes break down the fat deposits - the desired effect of a diet. On the other hand, when losing weight, it is less desirable that the activity of these enzymes decrease because less fat is broken down. However, it is precisely this undesirable effect that the researchers were able to demonstrate after the intermittent fasting of the mice, especially in the visceral adipose tissue, i.e. the unhealthy abdominal fat.

The body switches to fat production

They found that with strict intermittent fasting, visceral fat became resistant to the release of fatty acids. There was also evidence that more energy was being stored as fat - that is, the belly fat switched to production instead of being broken down. This is an indication that these fat deposits adapt to intermittent fasting and the body can protect its energy stores.

The study suggests that the unhealthy belly fat can apparently become resistant to this form of diet. The open question is now: Why is this the way it is and how can it be prevented?

#By Sulamith Ehrensperger

4.3.2021