What is intermittent fasting, many may be wondering? It is a period of abstaining from all food/drink as Muslims do in Ramadaan from dawn till dusk. It could even be abstaining from a particular food group or abstaining from glucose forming foods/drinks for a specified amount of time, which is practised by some of the worlds population. Thereafter you resume your normal eating and drinking again.
The benefit of intermittent fasting is it gives rest to your body, allowing it to clean and detox better, plus it gives it a chance to do repair and maintainance as well. What’s more amazing is that carb reduction/ elimination gives your body a chance to start using bodyfat for fuel, when your glucose stores in the body are depleted.
In a fasted state your insulin levels are low, so your body now can burn fat that had been inaccessible during the fed state. This is excellent for you because it means better repair and
maintainance, better disease control, improved health and best of all …..for those with bulges it means fat loss!!!
To achieve this, the body has to go long enough without consuming food that can be converted to glucose, which then forces it to use its own bodyfat as fuel. Most people consume high carbs so remain constantly in a state of ‘glucose burning’ for fuel which is the bodies preferred fuel. Yet after learning that ‘fat for fuel’ is a superior fuel, many begin attempting cutting down drasticly on carbs and start replacing them with healthy fats. They then often suddenly find themselves not only successfully losing weight but also melting off cms n inches, on various body parts!!!
Postponing the first meal of the day is an easy way of achieving this and is one way of doing intermittent fasting. Some people however complain that if they don’t eat regularly they feel dizzy, out of sorts and often “hangry” (hungry and angry). For a person who doesn’t have blood sugar issues, pre diabetes or diabetes these symptoms are not normal.
It’s usually caused by eating foods that cause blood sugar imbalances, such as too many carbs, and possibly insufficient good fats and protein in diet. So, stop to ponder, are you perhaps also insulin resistent but don’t know it yet? Afterall it’s estimated that more than half the world’s population today is!!! Scary, to think of it as being so. Isn’t it?
Because we don’t enter the fasted state until 12 hours or so after our last meal, it’s rare that our bodies are in this fat burning state. This is one of the reasons why many people who start intermittent fasting will often start losing fat without changing what they eat, how much they eat, or how often they exercise. Some might say but I could never stay without food that long. That it’s too hard. That it’s almost impossible. I urge you to think again!!!
You’ve probably already fasted many times, even though you don’t know it. Have you ever slept in late on the weekends and then had a late brunch? Some people do this every weekend. In situations like these, we often eat supper/ dinner the night before and then don’t eat until 11am, noon or even later the next day. There’s your 12 to 16 hour fast and you didn’t even think about it!!!