I haven't begun intermittent fasting at this point and only have attempted to understand the benefits other than weight loss which is not a focus for me. The top level understanding that I am seeing in the research from Dr. Valter Longo and at USC is that intermittent fasting or fasting mimicking effects mitochondrial repair within the cell itself and is an anti-aging longevity strategy. One comment I heard recently was diet and exercise aided mitochondrial repair but not to the degree of intermittent fasting. I have a lot more to learn on the topic.From the article and my comments below the quote:
This is a very, very common thing you here from people who have had issues with insulin levels. They dramatically improve without having to go on a special diet.
I can't disagree with someone who is an expert in the field and I'm nowhere close to being one. But I will say this, it's been the easiest and more natural transition to losing weight and actually WANTING to keep doing it than anything I've done before. However, like I said earlier in the thread, if it works keep doing it. If not, find something else that does.
This is very true for me. I just don't feel like I'm on a diet and maybe that's half the battle.