Intermittent fasting, which works on abstaining from food for a short time has become quite popular among people who want to lose weight. However, a new study has brought some bad news for people who are on intermittent fasting. Experts have said that intermittent fasting might not help people who hope to shed belly fat. The findings of the study have shown that fasting might trigger the stomach to go on preservation mode so that it is harder to shed belly fat. This study has been done by experts from the University of Sydney. They have used advanced tools to find out how fat reacts to intermittent fasting. Experts have observed fat dumps located at various parts of the body during alternate day fasting. Alternate day fasting means eating only every other day. They have studied two different types of fat in the study, visceral fat, which is found in the midsection around the organs, and subcutaneous fat, which is soft fat that is hidden under the skin. The study has found visceral fat tends to resist releasing energy during fasting as compared to subcutaneous fat. Experts have said that visceral fat can be quite intractable in weight loss. The findings of this study have been released in a journal called Cell Reports.
The study has been led by Dr. Mark Larance from the University of Sydney. He has said that while fasting the body burns fat tissues rather than glucose obtained from food. Most people think that fat tissue is the same and location is not important but it does not work like that, location of fat plays a crucial role in weight loss, said the expert. Experts have used a mass spectrometer in the study. They have observed more than 8500 proteins that have been found in fat deposits, which have helped them identify changes happening during fasting. This test is known as proteomics, which is an inclusive study of all proteins. It has highlighted the inner functioning of fat tissue and has helped experts to track down major cellular changes caused by intermittent fasting. Dr. Larance has said that the data shows that subcutaneous fat and visceral fat go through some drastic changes during intermittent fasting. The proteomics has shown that subcutaneous fat and visceral fat shoot up their potential to store fat as the body goes into fasting mode. Experts have said that the body starts compensating for the lost fat stores by quickly recreating them before the next fasting period starts. The authors of the study have said that as compared to subcutaneous fat, visceral fat has been found to slip into a mode of preservation after a history of multiple fasting sessions.
The lead author of the study has said that preservation mode is a way of adaptation, which makes it harder for people who want to lose weight. Experts have done this study on mice but they are quite confident that the findings of the study will be applicable to humans as well. They might repeat the same test on humans in the future. However, the findings of the study might not be relevant to other fasting regimes such as fasting 2 days out of seven or any other calorie restriction. Experts are planning to conduct more studies to get a more comprehensive picture of fat storage dynamics. They are trying to find out which is the more beneficial diet regime to lose stubborn belly fat.