Fasting has been done for over 1,000s of years. Major religions and cultures have built-in fast days as a matter of fact. For example, in Judaism you have a 24 hour fast called Yom Kippur. In the Muslim Religion you have Ramadan from dawn to sunset and in Christianity Lent is practiced. It seems that all of these recognize that a cleaning out so to speak is beneficial. I have been doing intermittent fasting on almost a 12 hour schedule for at least 2 years now without even knowing initially that this is what I was doing.
If you trace the source of most diseases and illnesses, they come from some type of imbalance in the body, whether we have too much or too little of something. Fasting is becoming more utilized because of the new information being uncovered such as obesity leading to Type 2 Diabetes which is just the body’s inability to regulate insulin. It’s something that we do daily like breaking the fast each morning or some time during the day after a night of sleep, but we don’t even think about it. Growing research by a few pioneers who are or have spoken out on this topic, such as Dr. Jason Fung, Dr. Eric Berg and the dearly departed Dr. Sebi (who focused on cleansing more so) have the results to back it up. Please see this video by Dr. Jason Fung that explains the concept more in-depth and the benefits of Intermittent Fasting and the stages as the fasting time is prolonged. He has other worthwhile videos as well on getting rid of diabetes.
He describes that if you can get through the 2nd day of fasting, the body begins burning fat and is feeding itself and you begin to feel like you can go on forever, however, it depends on your goal how long you do this. He speaks about the health benefits and the length of fasting according to the goal. I want to show you a few of his high-lights of the video that make it easy to understand the many benefits of intermittent fasting and fasting in general.
So why doesn’t just decreasing calories work???? There’s tons of experimental evidence that has shown that you will initially lose weight but then you will plateau, your weight will begin to rise again, you will have less energy and feel hungry and the method fails. The body will begin to lower your metabolism to match what calories you are taking in so that you don’t die. It’s a built in protective mechanism. The basal metabolism need for most adults is 1400 calories/day in order to keep all of the organs functioning, blood flow and just overall functioning. With intermittent fasting, our body starts to burn that stored food instead of what you eat several times per day the way the majority eat. GIVE YOUR BODY A CHANCE TO GET TO THE STORAGE AS OPPOSED TO CONTINUING TO FEED IT NEW CALORIES!!!!! This is the key. Your basal metabolism will not drop with this method but will drop if you use the method of reducing calories permanently as a method for weight loss.💡🤔 See the below summaries for more details.
The huge metabolic advantage of intermittent fasting is using the storage of fat. It’s about lowering the insulin with foods that don’t increase insulin and the glycemic index. Let your body digest this overstock so to speak. Also, by decreasing insulin, you begin to see how the above major diseases can be avoided and even reversed.
Dr. Fung also speaks about autophagy as one of the huge benefits of doing intermittent fasting, and not only to prevent/reverse disease and arriving at a healthy weight, but also as you lose weight, it helps to eat away at damaged cells and regenerate new healthier cells. The result: YOU WON’T SEE NEARLY AS MUCH LOSE SKIN AS YOU LOSE THE POUNDS!!!
Main points I would like to leave you with:
- Remember that if your insulin level is high, you’re storing. If insulin is kept low, you’re in a burning/metabolism mode. If you’re eating carbs and eating often, you’re most definitely stimulating insulin and storage is occurring.
- ALL CALORIES ARE NOT EQUAL!!! There are foods that do not increase the glycemic index or won’t raise your blood sugar. Many of these are a part of the paleo, keto or low-carb diet. These are ancient concepts from a Mediterranean based diet.🥑🥥🥬🧄🍒🥗🍆🐟🍄Here is a great link to begin your research on these types of foods: Foods That Won’t Raise Blood Glucose
- Severely decreasing your calorie intake may work temporarily but intermittent-fasting has been proven to be more effective, not only for weight loss, but for the above additional health benefits. Pick the right amount of time for you….12 hours, 16-18 hours, 23 hours or more.
- WHO SHOULDN’T FAST? As with all health information, I don’t know your individual situation or medical history, but you should always consult your health practitioner. With that being said, Dr. Fung states that nursing or pregnant women, children, those under a BMI of 20 and if malnutrition is present.
- Eat reasonable portions of all food that you intake, drink plenty of water (15.5 cups per day for men, 11.5 cups per day for women), maintain a regular exercise schedule (The Mayo Clinic recommends: 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity weekly, or a combination of the two plus strength training for the various muscles two times per week).
- If you are currently diabetic or pre-diabetic and seeking weight loss and need a more aggressive approach than diet, , there are many medications that can help with this as well. Please speak to your health care provider. Some of the new medications such as the SGLT-2 Inhibitors/Gliflozins such as Jardiance and Farxiga to name a few are used to lower high blood glucose levels in Type 2 Diabetes by aiding in the excretion of glucose in the urine so it’s not reabsorbed into the blood. It’s been shown to help with weight loss, lower Hemoglobin A1C (a marker for how well blood glucose is controlled), very well tolerated and low risk of hypoglycemia.
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