By now intermittent fasting, 5:2 diet and other methods of fasting are making a huge appearance on your social media feed. There are some celebs promoting this lifestyle and there have been countless books on this subject. You see it popping up and wondering what exactly it is, and how it will help you reach different goals. Stick around, and see what it can do for you.
Fasting diets have proven to contribute to weight loss, but also to several diseases according to the article found in the New York Times
How does the body react to fasting?
Because our bodies conserve energy during fasting, our basal metabolic rate (the amount of energy our bodies burn while resting) becomes more efficient, thereby lowering our heart rate and blood pressure. “Boulder Medical“
There are a few different methods of fasting, but they all have 1 thing in common. They all consist of a time where your body is withheld food or a calorie intake (including calorific drinks).
What happens in your body during the time frame where it’s not consuming calories is something quite interesting. Because we don’t have the glucose intake (sugars or foods that are converted into sugar in our body such as carbs) our body will find a different source of energy, that is where our body will find a way to build its own glucose levels, helping to create energy from lactose (milk products) and other nutrients stored in your body such as fats and protein.
That is mainly how your body creates its own source of energy. Depending on how long your fasting for, or what you eat in the time frame you’re allowed to eat ( intermittent fasting typically has a time frame from 6 up to 12 hours) your body will reach a state of ketosis, which is an optimum word for the constant state of fat loss. This means your body is using your personal fat storage for energy.
Health benefits on fasting, why fasting can improve your health?
Through fasting, you basically cleanse your body and rid it of toxins. This because you allow your body a longer period of time after waking up, to cycle the toxins out of your body. This can be enhanced by sweating through working out for example.
Your body will be at a lower risk for heart disease, diabetes, and improve cognitive health. Some researchers have proven it to help manage cancer cells because the body regenerates new cells faster when fasting than in a “normal” eating pattern. This is backed by the research of Susan Puckett, if you are interested in this you can read it here.
Does fasting mean I can still eat whatever I want?
Short answer – NO.
The fasting diets work best when kept to a certain kcal intake through the eating period, preferred to be healthy which means still staying away from processed food (all processed food).
For this I’d like to refer to our Powerburn traffic light food plan. This is the perfect guidance for a diet to link in with fasting. However diet is the wrong word, look at it like a lifestyle change.
In conclusion, I would recommend fasting, but only under guidance. If you have any questions on how to obtain a good fasting rhythm, don’t hesitate to reach out to us and we’ll help you!
Until then, stay Powerful <3