Recently we were able to sit down with Australia’s youngest ifbb pro James Cant.
James has quite the resume: owner of JCF Health, Mind Muscle Camps, Daley Fuel and has a degree in medical Science this is what he had to say about the benefits of intermittent fasting.
Intermittent fasting sucks for fat loss and muscle gain – but it’s not useless!
If you want to enhance brain function IF is king. Here’s why.
IF makes multiple changes to the nervous system. First of all it increases dopamine.
Dopamine is the major ‘excitatory’ (energy) neurotransmitter. By having more dopamine you will feel more alert and more awake.
Secondly, intermittent fasting reduces inflammation in the brain through improving the glutathione:glutathione disulfide ratio, and nitrotyrosine.
Inflammation may contribute to decreased learning and memory, and reducing it has been shown to improve brain function.
Thirdly, food restriction may change the ‘autonomic’ nervous system. This is the nervous system I often refer to!
It contains sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. Fasting shifts us into the sympathetic state which makes us more alert.
On top of this IF may help with reducing long term brain damage. It’s pretty awesome.
If you’re going to do IF I recommend eating in only the 4 hours before bed. This counters the negative effects of the nervous system on sleep and maximises your time in the fasted state to improve brain function.
I wouldn’t recommend IF to people who experience hypoglycaemia, gut issues, want optimal body composition, or suffer anxiety. IF will generally make all of the above worse.If you do have any of the above take our Gut Assessment
contact details for James and his team.
@JamesCant_ – instagram
James Cant IFBB PRO – Facebook
https://jcfcoaching.com/ – Everything else.
Also, here are some studies worth a read.
Acute fasting increases somatodendritic dopamine release in the ventral tegmental area. Roseberry (2015)
Impact of intermittent fasting on health and disease processes. Mattson et al (2017).
Chronic Intermittent Fasting Improves Cognitive Functions and Brain Structures in Mice. Li et al (2013)
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