Home   |   Contact   |   Help

Get Our Newsletter
Sign up for our free newsletter to get training tips and stay up to date on Catalyst Athletics, and get a FREE issue of the Performance Menu journal.

Go Back   Catalyst Athletics Forums > Nutrition > General Nutrition

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-13-2006, 11:26 AM   #1
Neal Winkler
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 326
Default IF makes you smarter?

Found this link from the Male Pattern Fitness blog.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/10/ma...=1&oref=slogin
Neal Winkler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2006, 11:36 AM   #2
Mike ODonnell
Senior Member
 
Mike ODonnell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 3,596
Default

High carbs give me brain fog and I usually space out more....fat and protein seem to give me a clearer focus.
Mike ODonnell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2006, 02:13 PM   #3
kevin mckay
Senior Member
 
kevin mckay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Berkeley
Posts: 353
Default

I would say that my concentration at work (Unix system engineer) has improved
since doing IF. I have attributed it to more stable blood sugar level due to enhanced insulin sensitivity does this sound plausible?
kevin mckay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2006, 07:22 PM   #4
Scott Kustes
Senior Member
 
Scott Kustes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 1,048
Default

I've noticed greater mental clarity during a fast too. I think there's a good explanation. When you're hungry, you need to be sharp to find dinner...or at least you did at one time. After you've eaten, it is of less consequence. Therefore, hunger turns on the brain to better assess situations and bring home the bacon.

Note: I didn't read the whole article.
__________________
Scott

Fitness Spotlight
Scott Kustes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2006, 12:39 AM   #5
Joyce Behrendt
New Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Issaquah, WA
Posts: 30
Default

Here is a quote from Dr. Eades about IF.

Quote:
BDNF, as its name implies, is a substance that increases the growth of new nerve cells in the brain, but it does much more than that. BDNF is neuroprotective against stress and toxic insults to the brain and is somehow--no one yet knows how, exactly--involved in the insulin sensitivity/glucose regulating mechanism. Infusing BDNF into animals increases their insulin sensitivity and makes them lose weight. Humans with greater levels of BDNF have lower levels of depression. BDNF given to depressed humans reduces their depression. And Increased levels of BDNF improves cognitive ability. In short, you want as much BDNF as you can get., and with IF you can get a lot.

More on BDNF here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BDNF

Here is Dr. Mikes full article with Robb's comments in there somewhere. As you can see, it generated lots of comments.
http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/?p=278


I felt smarter too and even feel a pinging sensation in my brain. I guess I'm generating loads of new nerve cells in my brain!
Joyce Behrendt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2006, 12:58 PM   #6
Jeremy Jones
Senior Member
 
Jeremy Jones's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 181
Default

I think there is a limit though. . .

Coming off a 26 hr fast yesterday made me pretty loopy. . . but I didn't feel that hungry.

I do feel pretty sharp mid fast usually.
__________________
-Jeremy Jones
www.diablocrossfit.com
Jeremy Jones is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 10:48 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9 Beta 3
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Subscribe to our Newsletter


Receive emails with training tips, news updates, events info, sale notifications and more.
ASK GREG

Submit your question to be answered by Greg Everett in the Performance Menu or on the website

Submit Your Question
WEIGHTLIFTING TEAM

Catalyst Athletics is a USA Weightlifting team of competitive Olympic-style weightlifters with multiple national team medals.

Read More
Olympic Weightlifting Book
Catalyst Athletics
Contact Us
About
Help
Newsletter
Products & Services
Gym
Store
Seminars
Weightlifting Team
Performance Menu
Magazine Home
Subscriber Login
Issues
Articles
Workouts
About the Program
Workout Archives
Exercise Demos
Text Only
Instructional Content
Exercise Demos
Video Gallery
Free Articles
Free Recipes
Resources
Recommended Books & DVDs
Olympic Weightlifting Guide
Discussion Forum
Weight Conversion Calculator