Meet Matt Manning, an Ohio engineer, has won $50,000 after losing 45 pounds in four months for a weight-loss competition sponsored by Bodybuilding.com. Manning credits intermittent fasting, calorie- and carb cycling, and rigorous weight-lifting workouts for his stunning transformation, he blogged on Bodybuilding.com.
Manning followed a low-carb, high-protein, low-calorie diet (900 to 1500 calories a day) and incorporated intermittent fasting into his eating routine. Matt ate all his daily calories between 8 am and 4 pm, and fasted for the remaining 16 hours.
Actor Hugh Jackman also followed a 16/8 intermittent fast protocol to achieve his rippling Wolverine body. In addition to sculpting his body, Jackman said intermittent fasting gave him more energy and improved his sleep.
Intermittent fasting has become a popular way to accelerate weight loss and melt body fat, but scientists say alternating between fasting and normal eating also confers powerful anti-aging benefits. Research shows that intermittent fasting provides neuroprotective properties that ward off brain diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s, said Dr. Mark Mattson of the National Institute on Aging.