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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Article Title

The Benefits of Fasting

Specialty

Men's Health

Advisor

Dr. Tom Colletti

Abstract

The United States is currently experiencing an obesity epidemic where records show three times fewer people were obese or overweight in 1975. Weight loss products flood the market promising to help people lose weight in a billion-dollar industry that does not seem to deliver its weight-reducing claims. Intermittent fasting is defined as periods of voluntary abstinence from food and drink. This method has been used by various cultures, religions, and societies throughout the world since before recorded history. This review will discuss the history of fasting, its effects on performance and metabolism, its effects on Diabetes Mellitus Type 2, and a summary of where fasting research is headed and what may be in development in the near future for intermittent fasting.

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