How does fasting affect my metabolism?
Fasting doesn’t affect your metabolism like you think it might… The problem with slowed metabolism comes from when you count and lower calories every day. For instance, the person who cuts their calories down to 800-1000 calories daily (everyday) in order to lose weight may see a change in metabolism. Initially they will lose weight, and then once their body realizes that this is the new normal, the weight loss will come to a halt. because the body realizes that the amount of calories coming in is not enough for normal energy expenditures. Because we cannot live at a deficit long term, the body will compensate and will decrease the energy expended as well.
Our bodies do not shut down or even slow down with short term fasting. Actually our metabolism increases, rather than decreases. Our bodies will burn the energy we have available and then switch over to burning body fat. Various studies have been done which demonstrate this and show that fasting actually increases the basal metabolic rate. During fasting there are also changes in hormones which contribute to metabolism. Adrenaline and growth hormones will increase (up to 600%) to maintain energy levels and keep muscle mass from decreasing. You will not lose muscle when you fast – especially if you are intermittent fasting, even prolonged fasting 36 to 72 hours shows an increase in muscle from the research.
Intermittent fasting is not a continuous thing … the body does not have time to adjust to any one intake pattern. This prevents the body from adapting to any one eating pattern. You can do 16 to 20 hour fasting 3 days a week, you could fast 1 day for 24 hours once a week or even once a month. There are so many ways to do it.
Lets look at some of the Benefits of intermittent fasting
Fasting’s most obvious benefit is weight loss. However, there are a myriad of benefits beyond this, many of which were widely known in ancient times.
The fasting periods were often called ‘cleanses’, ‘detoxifications’, or ‘purifications’, but the idea is the same – to abstain from eating food for a certain period of time for health reasons. People imagined that this period of abstinence from food would clear their bodies’ systems of toxins and rejuvenate them. They were more correct than they knew.
Some of the physical benefits of fasting include:
- Improved mental clarity and concentration
- Weight and body fat loss
- Lowered blood insulin and sugar levels
- Reversal of type 2 diabetes
- Increased energy
- Improved fat burning
- Increased growth hormone
- Lowered blood cholesterol
- Prevention of Alzheimer’s disease (potential)
- Longer life (potential)
- Activation of cellular cleansing (potential) by stimulating autophagy (a discovery that was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in medicine)
- Reduction of inflammation
Fasting offers many unique advantages that are not available in typical diets. Where diets complicate life, fasting simplifies and fasting is free. Where diets can take time, fasting saves time. Where diets are limited, fasting is available anywhere. Where diets have variable efficacy, fasting has unquestioned efficacy. There is no more powerful method for lowering insulin and decreasing body weight.
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