Sunday, April 26, 2015

Does fasting really work to lose weight?

Fasting-is primarily an act of willing abstinence or reduction from certain or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time.

It turns out fasting is an excellent way to boost your metabolism and start burning fat.  I was always under the impression that not eating was extremely unhealthy and dangerous.  Aren't the only people who skip meals models, wrestlers trying to make weight and anorexics?

Alternate day fasting- Consuming a low number of calories on a fasting day and eating whatever you want (obviously a high number of calories) on a non fasting day.  Or complete fasting which is going 24 hours not eating or drinking anything but water then feasting for 24 hours.Health experts believe that not only will it help your drop pounds but it also will make your healthier and help you live longer.

The idea of severely restricting calories every other day – rather than every day – to improve health and life expectancy came in 2003 following laboratory research carried out at the National Institute on Ageing in America.
After 20 weeks, mice who were allowed to eat as much as they wanted on one day but not fed the next day, lived longer and had lower levels of glucose and insulin and improved insulin sensitivity compared to mice that were allowed to eat freely all of the time. But more importantly, these levels matched or were even better than those of mice who ate 40 percent fewer calories than normal every day. The scientists involved in the study concluded that alternate day fasting was just as likely to improve health and life expectancy as a daily calorie restriction.

 Many people have tried this kind of dieting and have reported pleasing results. The reason so many shave problems with their weight (besides eating processed foods that have been altered from their natural state) is because they're in continuous binge eat mode and rarely ever go without a meal. As a result, their bodies have adapted to burning sugar as its primary fuel, which down regulates the enzymes that utilize and burn stored fat. Fasting is an fantastic way to "reboot" your metabolism so your body can start burning fat as its main fuel, which will help you burn your unwanted fat stores.

I read an article saying that the best kind of fast is an Intermittent fast, which is "scheduled eating".  Basically you choose an 8 hour window to consume all your food.  I was curious how only eating 8 hours a day could help me lose weight.  The way it was explained It seemed the idea was to increase the amount of time your are not eating which makes more time for burning calories.  

Well I started the fast April 1 and so far I have lost 11 pounds so you can make your own conclusions..... stay healthy my friends!

No comments:

Post a Comment