What is Intermittent Fasting?

  • August 6, 2018 /

What is intermittent fasting?
It is an eating pattern where you rotate between stages of eating and fasting. The purpose is to permit the body time without food to devote more of its energy on internal healing and repair which is hard to happen when regularly in a fed state.

Fasted State vs Fed State
The body will be in one of two states at all times: the fed state or the fasted state. The fed state is when calories are consumed and your body is busy digesting, absorbing, and assimilating nutrients from the foods you eat. The fasted state is when you’re not taking in any calories; your body can focus on burning fat instead. The idea behind intermittent fasting is intentional with the window of time you fast, so that you can be in the fasted state, therefore a fat burning state, for a longer period of time.
The most common fasting windows are 12, 14, 16, and 18 hours, but you can fast for up to 48 hours. For example, let’s say you decided to go with a 16-hour fasting window. This means you’re eating window is 8 hours, so you would eat all of your meals between 12pm to 8pm.

Can I Exercise While Intermittent Fasting?
It is encouraged to practice as many different types of exercise as possible. Exercises, such as short durations at high intensity, in a fasted state will accelerate fat loss tremendously. Include doing some form of resistance training at least two or three times a week so as not to lose muscle.

However, here’s what research suggests the benefits of intermittent fasting may include:

• Hormonal balance
• Increased production of neurotrophic growth factor (which could relieve depression, boost cognitive function, and protect against neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s)
• Sustainable weight loss
• An increase in lean muscle mass
• More energy
• An increase in cell stress response (which could increase resistance against some diseases)
• A reduction in oxidative stress and inflammation
• Improved insulin sensitivity (which could protect against or reverse type 2 diabetes)

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