This time of the year can be full of temptation and if you’re looking for the best way to get back on the wagon and meet the new year feeling lean I have one word for you FASTING!
The Top 5 Health Benefits from Fasting
1. Fasting does not slow down your metabolism:
Unlike calorie restriction which does, fasting does not! We wouldn’t have survived over the years if our digestive system wasn’t designed to preserve the body in the absence of food. The human body is very smart and when it has burned all the ready to use fuel in the body which has been provided by carbohydrate, it switches over to your fat stores and maintains your muscle mass so you can continue to hunt for food. Calorie restriction causes the body to react in a very different way resulting in your metabolism slowing down.
2. Gives your digestive system a much needed break:
Our bodies are like a beautiful automobile and the way we treat our digestive systems is like we’re driving a Ferrari at full throttle everyday. Eventually that Ferrari will burn out and so will your body. Fasting allows you to take your body in for service and give your digestive system a much needed break and promote positive changes to your metabolism by lowering insulin levels and increase your human growth hormone (HGH) . When you return to the road both digestion and elimination are invigorated.
3. You detox:
Because you’re tapping into your fat stores this process promotes detoxification as the toxins are being released. You end up feeling lean, with more energy and a clear head.
4. Helps manage your insulin levels (this is important!):
Insulin resistance is a pathological condition in which cells fail to respond normally to the hormone insulin. The body produces insulin when glucose starts to be released into the bloodstream from the digestion of carbohydrates in the diet. Normally this insulin response triggers glucose being taken into body cells to be used for energy and inhibits the body from using fat for energy.
There is a lot of scientific evidence that indicates that this is the main cause of the Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes epidemic because as long as you have high levels of insulin in your body it will not send out a signal to release its fat stores regardless of what you eat and how much exercise you do.
Fasting is the quickest way to allow your body to use up all the excess stored glucose in the blood and regulate your insulin levels so you can burn those fat stores.
5. Intermittent fasting promotes weight loss:
Including regular fasting into your healthy lifestyle is an excellent way to lose and maintain your weight, especially around the belly and hold on to muscle while you are dieting.
3 of the most common fasting styles are:
You fast for 16hrs and have 8hrs of feeding time per day. This includes your sleep so you finish dinner, skip breakfast and eat lunch the next day.
Made famous by Michael Mosley, the 5:2 diet involves restricting your calorie consumption to 25% of your energy needs (500 calories for women and 600 calories for men), two days a week, and eating normally the rest of the time.
Fasting for 24hrs once or twice a week. You might choose to eat from dinner to dinner to not disrupt family time and it’s very effective and quite easy, especially when you Make the Switch to The Low Carb High Fat Lifestyle because you’re not a slave to your blood sugar dips.
Always remember to stay hydrated and fasting isn’t for everyone. People who are pregnant, breastfeeding or who have eating disorders should not fast. Always seek medical advice before starting.