What is intermittent fasting? Intermittent fasting is something that has always been around, it has just kind of been “brushed to the side.” Everyone has been caught up in the whole “eat loads of small meals a day” when this intermittent fasting has been successful all throughout human history.
The Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
There are many amazing benefits to intermittent fasting. Check them out:
- Weight loss
- Increased energy
- Reversal of type 2 diabetes
- Less cooking
And there are many more benefits. It is a very, very powerful system.
How Does Intermittent Fasting Work?
When one fasts, it allows the body to burn fat. Sounds obvious, but many do not realize this. Our human body has evolved to a point to where we can fast without any health consequences. So to simplify things, if one does not eat, then their body will burn its own fat as energy.
When we eat, it results in the body having more food energy than it can immediately use. As a result, this energy must be stored. Insulin is the hormone used when it comes to the storage of food energy.
When we fast, this process goes in reverse. When the insulin levels fall, this causes the body to burn stored energy. When blood glucose levels fall, the body must now pull glucose out of storage and burn it to get energy. This is when fat is burned.
So to sum things up, the body exists in two states. The fed state, which is when the insulin is high and the fasted state which is when the insulin is low. The body is either burning energy or storing it. If the amount of time we spend eating and fasting is balanced, then the weight stays the same.
If we start eating right away when we wake up, most of our time will be spent in a fed state. This will almost certainly cause weight gain. Why? Because there is no time allowed for our body to burn food energy.
If you want to lose weight, then spend more time fasting. This gives the body much more of an opportunity to burn food energy. It is very important that you realize there is nothing wrong with doing this. Our body is designed to handle fasting.
You have definitely been recommended to eat all the time. If you do this, your body will just keep on using the incoming food energy. As a result, your body will never burn fat. It will be stored. In order to provided balance, you need to fast. Intermittent fasting is an incredible way to manage your weight. When you combine it with a ketogenic diet, it is unstoppable.
Dr. Berg breaks it down in this awesome video about intermittent fasting.
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