INTERMITTENT FASTING – PART 1

INTERMITTENT FASTING

HERE IS HOW INTERMITTENT FASTING WORKS:
In order to understand how our body, gain or lose weight, we must understand how our body uses the food energy.

Since we do not eat food all the time, we have a system of storing food energy in the liver and as body fat for times where we are deprived of food.

Our body needs a continued source of energy for performing basic metabolic functions like the pumping of the heart, the liver and kidneys detoxifying, the lungs sucking air and the brain functioning etc.

The main mistake people make is in believing that weight loss is a simple one compartment problem which means that people think that all calories go into a single compartment and taken out of that same.

There are really two different places where our body can obtain energy from:

  1. The food we eat
  2. The stored food energy in the form of glycogen in the liver or the body fat.

We can only get energy from one or the other source mentioned above but not from both at the same time.

In the fed state, when we are eating, the insulin levels are high. During this time, the energy is derived from the food that we are eating which shuts down burning of the stored food energy in the form of fat and glycogen.

When we go to sleep, we are in a fasting state. The insulin levels fall and now we need to pull the energy that’s stored in our liver or in our body fats to keep the vital organs running. Technically speaking, we start with glycogenolysis, gluconeogenesis and lipolysis when insulin levels fall.

We either burn fat or store it. We can’t do both at the same time. If the food is plentiful, we store food energy. If the food is scarce, we burn food energy from the body stored fats.

The key hormonal regulator here is insulin. The change in insulin levels is what signals our body to go and burn fat storing energy or burn fat from food energy. When insulin level is high it means we are eating and when it’s low it means we are not eating or we are fasting, in this

The change in insulin levels is what signals our body to go and burn fat storing energy or burn fat from food energy. When insulin level is high it means we are eating and when it’s low it means we are not eating or we are fasting, in this

When insulin level is high it means we are eating and when it’s low it means we are not eating or we are fasting, in this case, the body starts burning stored fat. Insulin level signal the body which fat to burn.

In conventional dietary plans where we are advised to eat low-calorie diets some six times a day which keeps our insulin levels high and therefore we get our required energy from the food, whereas we do not get to burn our body fat stores.

Over time, we start to regain some of that weight. So we decide that we have had enough and increase our caloric intake. Our weight quickly goes back to what it was before we started the diet. Does that sound familiar?

By reducing our calorie intake, we lose weight at first, but then our bodies readjust and the body fats readjust to remain unconsumed. We feel tired, hungry, and cold because our body’s metabolism starts to slow down.

But the worst part is that we don’t lose any more weight! Our weight loss starts to plateau and we feel like crap. Over time, we start to regain some of that weight.

So we decide that we have had enough and increase our caloric intake. Our weight quickly goes back to what it was before we started the diet. Does that sound familiar?

The key to successful long-term weight loss is not reducing calories. It’s reducing insulin because it is the insulin which decides whether our body is burning the food energy or burning fat from stored food. If you are burning food, then you are not burning fat.

It’s as simple as that. The key to accessing your body fat stores is to reduce insulin and to reduce insulin we must let your body go into the ‘fasted’ state.

If you are burning food, then you are not burning fat. It’s as simple as that. The key to accessing your body fat stores is to reduce insulin and to reduce insulin we must let your body go into the ‘fasted’ state.

This is now a common and effective method to lose weight and it is called “Intermittent fasting”. Next week we will go deeper in this weight loss method.

Next week we will go deeper in this weight loss method…

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Linden.

INTERMITTENT FASTING – PART 1
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