Yes fasting is good for your health. Nevertheless, fasting is only good for your health if it is done correctly. The body takes 8-12 hours after your last meal to get into the fasted state. This is after all the food has been digested and absorbed by the body. The body stores glucose in the liver and muscle cells. Once in the fasted state this glucose is broken down to produce energy. After a while the glucose runs out then the body begins breaking down body fat. The body fat is also broken down to produce energy for the body. When fasting is prolonged for days or weeks the body goes into starvation. Starvation is when proteins in the body are broken down to produce energy. Starvation is not a god thing hence the fasting should be done correctly to avoid getting to this state.
How to start Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting is a diet pattern or eating pattern. It is when you deliberately skip meals. Intermittent fasting does not talk about which foods should be eaten but when we should eat our meals. Therefore in this diet you do not need to change your type of food and how much you eat but you change the time you eat it.
To start the intermittent fast you have to be able to differentiate between the fed state and the fasted state.
This state when the body is digesting and absorbing food. Begins when you start eating and last 3-5 hours as the body digests and absorbs the food. The insulin level of the body in this state is high making it hard for the body to burn fat. Continue reading …
Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
The intermittent fast makes you eat fewer meals hence you take up less calories. Intermittent fasting enhances hormone function that facilitates weight loss. When in the fasted state the body has a lower insulin level, higher growth hormone (glucagon) levels and increased amounts of morphine. This causes breakdown of body fat and facilitates its use for energy. Therefore causing weight loss.
Short fasts promoted by intermittent fasting increase metabolism. Intermittent fasting causes weight loss because the restriction of food followed by regular eating can help stimulate your metabolism. Short fasts are more effective than long term calorie restrictions that can cause great havoc on the body’s metabolism. Weight loss and muscle loss go hand in hand. Muscle tissues are what burn through calories hence having less muscle leads to a drop in the body’s ability to metabolize food. Intermittent fasting keeps the body’s metabolism running smoothly by maintaining muscle tissues as much as possible. Intermittent fasting works on both sides that is it increase your metabolic rate (increases calories out) and reduces the amount of food you eat (reduces calories in). Continue reading …