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Health crazes may come and go, fad diets will rise and fall, but the basics of weight loss will never change.
Fasting, even for a short period of time may sound alarming to those who haven't had a chance to see the research. However, avoiding glucose intake for even twelve short hours can provide a plethora of benefits. Many of us who have been in the 'all important breakfast' club might be more hesitant to risk going into "starvation mode" or dropping our blood sugar levels. However, understanding the science behind fasting and the chemical processes that take place can go a long way towards understanding the incredible impact that intermittent fasting (IF) has in our lives.
Intermittent fasting works by removing the body's usual energy allotment (calories) and forcing it to resort to stored energy (fat). Going without eating for 10-16 hours will prompt the body to enter a different metabolism state and release fatty acids called ketones into the bloodstream. Anabolism, the metabolism state in which fats are stored and protected, will switch into catabolism, where they are broken down and fed to the body through the blood. This allows for some much-needed energy and nutrition that the body isn't receiving elsewhere. Contrary to popular belief, 'starvation mode' will not kick in and slow your metabolism during a fasting period. In fact, it's the weight loss process that will slowly drop your metabolism over time. Your lowering body weight will require fewer maintenance calories, requiring it to shift down.
After a minimum of 14 to 24 hours without food, your body will enter a period of autophagy. Meaning 'self-cannibalism' in Latin, this term details the often messy process of removing old, dead, and diseased cells and recycling them for other uses. This can improve weight loss by staggering percentages. Autophagy is created slowly, stimulated through intermittent fasting and low-carbohydrate diets that induce ketosis (such as the Keto diet). When the body's nutrition intake is carefully monitored and restrained to an eating window, extreme amounts of healthy fat loss is initiated.
Intermittent fasting can be accomplished in several ways, easily adapted to various schedules or personal preferences. Scientific studies have concluded that weekly weight loss can measure anywhere from 0.65 to 1.65 pounds, with higher results for different circumstances. It isn't uncommon to lose as much as ten pounds or more per month.
For more detailed instructions in creating a fasting plan, talk to your doctor about intermittent fasting and your personal health goals.
Besides just helping with weight loss, intermittent fasting has been proven in a multitude of studies not only to decrease insulin sensitivity and improve muscle mass retention but to reverse the effects of aging. Maintaining a diet using intermittent fasting can:
When combined with regular exercise, a healthful food plan, and a focus on long-term sustainability, intermittent fasting is one of the most beneficial eating regimes available.
Intermittent fasting is a beneficial and harmless process that works to optimize your body for peak weight loss potential. However, people in dealing with certain physical conditions should talk with their doctor before fasting to prevent long-term side effects or damage.