If you’ve been researching on how to lose weight or get fit, you may have come across something called “intermittent fasting”. Which basically means you go without eating for a certain amount of time. There are entire books on it and even the celebs do it to help get shredded. Hugh Jackman, for his role as Wolverine, ate in an 8 hour window and fasted for 16 hours, as prescribed by “The Rock”, you can watch a short YouTube clip where he talks about it here . Incase you haven’t seen his phenomenal body for the movie, here you go.
Dr Sara Soloman swears by fasting. more info about her here http://www.drsarasolomon.com/biography/
Over the past year or so I’ve watched documentaries, and read several articles and a few short ebooks about this way of losing fat. I’ve also done intermittent fasting for several weeks to try it out on myself. What I can say is that, it helps you lose weight IF you’re eating mostly healthy still, but it’s not a miracle.
Eating nothing for 14, 16, 18, 24, or even 36 hours and then “feasting” basically can potentially help you lose weight, boost human growth hormone which helps build muscle, improve the mind, age slower, and possibly prevent sickness.
Sounds too good to be true but it’s not. Yet again, it’s not a miracle. But it did help me stay leaner and made my mind much more clear. There’s something about feeling actual hunger for more than say, an hour, that makes the mind alert. Most of us don’t ever let ourselves actually get hungry because we eat so often.
And as far as health goes, “Research has confirmed that many biological repair and rejuvenation processes take place when there’s an absence of food, and this is another reason why all-day grazing triggers disease. Your body never has the time to clean out the garbage and regenerate.” Reference here
Fat loss benefits: Keep in mind that when you eat a meal, your body spends a few hours processing that food, then burning what it can from what you just consumed. So if you’re eating all day long it’s always burning off the food you ate, and not stored fat. So it makes sense that going a little longer without eating gives your body a chance to burn off stored fat. “After about 12 hours without food your liver runs out of glycogen, at which point your body starts drawing energy from the glycogen stored in your fat cells.” Reference here
Dr. Mercola’s website says, “Intermittent fasting helps reset your body to use fat as its primary fuel, and mounting evidence confirms that when your body becomes adapted to burning FAT instead of sugar as its primary fuel, you dramatically reduce your risk of chronic disease
- Normalizing ghrelin levels, also known as “the hunger hormone”
- Promoting human growth hormone (HGH) production: Research has shown fasting can raise HGH by as much as 1,300 percent in women, and 2,000 percent in men,2 which plays an important part in health, fitness, and slowing the aging process. HGH is also a fat-burning hormone, which helps explain why fasting is so effective for weight loss
- Lowering triglyceride levels and improving other biomarkers of disease
- Reducing oxidative stress: Fasting decreases the accumulation of oxidative radicals in the cell, and thereby prevents oxidative damage to cellular proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids associated with aging and disease”
Some say to train, as in lift weights, on an empty stomach in the morning after you haven’t eaten all night. I tried that but found that it negatively effected my workouts. I couldn’t push myself as hard. But what I do like to do fasted is go for a walk or do low intensity steady state (LISS) cardio in the mornings before breakfast. I usually stop eating after dinner around 6 or so and don’t eat again until breakfast. But doing a light workout before is a great way to burn fat.
One thing that made all the difference for me was not actually actively thinking about not eating for a certain amount of time. I just don’t eat after dinner (unless I’m super hungry and on special occasions) and then eat after a walk in the morning and that usually ends up being 14-16 hours of fasting and I’m not counting down the minutes to when I can eat again. It’s all a mind game really.
Have you tried it fasting? let me know your experience!
here are some other great articles with more info
The Beginner’s Guide to Intermittent Fasting
The Definitive Guide to Intermittent Fasting
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