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With intermittent fasting against belly fat - "Ketones are the key"

2022-10-02T16:01:02.200Z

With intermittent fasting against belly fat and chronic inflammation - "Ketones are the key" Created: 10/02/2022 11:02 am Intermittent fasting is very trendy. Nutritionist Nicole Just shares five facts about intermittent fasting.  From March 2nd to April 14th, many people abstain from alcohol, sweets or other stimulants. Intermittent fasting has established itself as a popular method. To do thi



With intermittent fasting against belly fat and chronic inflammation - "Ketones are the key"

Created: 10/02/2022 11:02 am

Intermittent fasting is very trendy.

Nutritionist Nicole Just shares five facts about intermittent fasting. 

From March 2nd to April 14th, many people abstain from alcohol, sweets or other stimulants.

Intermittent fasting has established itself as a popular method.

To do this, the fasting person eats up to three meals within eight hours and completely abstains from food for the remaining 16 hours.

This nutritional method should develop a new attitude to life in people after a short time and of course also make one or the other kilogram disappear.

In an interview with the news agency spot on news, nutritionist Nicole Just, author of "Healthy Interval Fasting" (together with Dr. Petra Bracht; GU Verlag), reveals five exciting facts about the popular fasting method.

Ketones: The suppliers of energy

“Anyone who fasts for longer than twelve hours challenges the body: After about twelve hours, it begins to tackle its own fat reserves.

The fat is converted into fatty acid molecules, the so-called ketones or ketone bodies.

The ketones have many tasks in the body: Among other things, they ensure the energy supply of the heart, brain and all other vital organ systems.

And they have always been the emergency energy source in times of famine.

At the same time, they have a calming effect on all chronic inflammatory processes, i.e. on autoimmune diseases and the so-called diseases of civilization.

Without acute inflammatory processes in the body, we can regenerate better.

And if you are healthy, you naturally have more energy!

16:8 fasting is one of the most popular forms of intermittent fasting.

A 16-hour fasting phase is observed.

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But be careful: it is not healthy to completely avoid carbohydrates, as is often advocated in low-carb or paleo diets.

Ketones are emergency energy suppliers!

Our cells and especially our brain depend on a regular supply of glucose and thus carbohydrates.

In addition, an extremely ketone-forming diet contributes to hyperacidity.

That is why we recommend a wholesome, plant-based diet with ingredients that are as natural and fresh as possible, such as whole grain products, few high-quality fats, nuts and seeds, as well as fruit and vegetables.”

Ketones for belly fat

“Belly fat is not only a cosmetic problem, but above all a health problem.

Because it produces much more inflammation-causing adipose tissue hormones than other adipose tissue and releases messenger substances (cytokines) that can put the entire body in a chronic inflammatory state.

Such chronic inflammation in the body promotes vascular, autoimmune and dementia diseases.

Belly fat is also responsible for diabetes mellitus and cancer.

And the risk of heart attacks or strokes increases.

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Here, too, the ketones are the key: intermittent fasting heats up fat burning and is particularly hard on belly fat.

Because when, after a fasting period of around twelve hours, the organism begins to use up its own fat reserves, the belly fat naturally also gets attacked.

At the same time, both sugar and fat metabolism are regulated.

Belly fat also ensures, among other things, that the brain no longer perceives the satiety hormone leptin and that you eat much more than you actually need.”

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Anti-aging effects of intermittent fasting

“In 1993, while researching the mechanisms of aging, biologists and geneticists David A. Sinclair and Lenny Guarente discovered a very special family of enzymes: the sirtuins.

Sirtuins activate the repair mechanisms and defenses of the cells, repair DNA that is permanently damaged by unhealthy nutrition, negative environmental influences, psychological stress and lack of exercise, and thus protect the genetic material and the lifespan of the cell.

Sirtuins are the opposite of free radicals.

Thanks to their help, the organism is able to survive, regardless of age, even under the most adverse conditions, such as heat and short-term lack of water or food.

However, there is a catch: the cell-protecting sirtuins can only work if the stomach is empty and the digestive enzyme "nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide"

short NAD, has nothing more to do.

Or if the stomach is full of plant food, because even then the NAD enzyme has nothing to do.

A vegan, wholesome diet in combination with intermittent fasting supports the sirtuins and thus has an anti-aging effect on the entire organism.”

release of happy hormones

“In our body, the happiness hormone serotonin ensures a good mood by biochemically activating certain areas in the brain.

Anger, stress, overload or dissatisfaction, but also a full stomach, consume a lot of serotonin itself and also cause a desire for substitute satisfaction.

We usually live them out in the form of too much and/or unhealthy food, which in turn creates a bad mood.

So the vicious circle starts all over again.

In the worst case, this cycle can lead to depression.

In any case, it consumes unnecessary energy.

With intermittent fasting you can interrupt these low moods.

Again, the ketone bodies are responsible here.

They ensure that more serotonin is produced.”

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Intermittent fasting fights these diseases

“Intermittent fasting has a positive effect on autoimmune diseases and the so-called civilization diseases.

Anyone who fasts for a period of at least twelve hours sets processes in motion in the body that have a calming effect on all chronic inflammatory processes.

Such inflammations in the body are responsible for autoimmune diseases such as allergies, Hashimoto's, multiple sclerosis and rheumatism and promote the development of acne, intestinal diseases, obesity, high blood pressure, depression and diabetes.

You can also get overweight with intermittent fasting.

It is important to pay attention to a diet that is as natural, fresh and wholesome as possible, which is plant-based, i.e. vegan.

Fortunately, this is very uncomplicated and also filling!

Because a wholesome vegan diet contains plenty of fiber, many vitamins and minerals and little fat.

That means you can eat even more than with a diet that is heavily focused on animal products.” (jes/eee/jok/spot)

Source: merkur

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