The idea of putting our bodies into starvation or a state of fasting can be somewhat confronting and confusing. If we go back thousands of years, our ancestors living the hunter and gathering lifestyle went without food for hours at a time, and they all survived! This is where the idea of intermittent fasting began. Intermittent fasting (IF) is a lifestyle choice and eating pattern. IF means we are eating all your calories, but during a specific window or time frame of the day, and choosing not to eat food during the rest of that day. Intermittent fasting is characterised by fasting and then feasting. Intermittent fasting has many benefits to our health; it helps with weight loss and building, but in this blog we will focus on the benefits of fat loss and insulin resistance.
Fat Loss and Insulin Resistance
1. Intermittent Fasting Can Help You Burn More Fat
When we do not eat for a while several things start to happen in our bodies. Our body starts to initiate cellular repair processes that encourages fat burning. When we do not eat for a while our insulin levels drop quite significantly. Insulin is secreted by our pancreas when our blood sugar levels rise; i.e.: after we eat. This facilitates the storage of glucose, creating our energy stores. When we exercise, or fast, glucagon is secreted by the alpha cells in our pancreas. Glucagon encourages us to rather use our stored energy rather than promoting more storage of glucose. This is how intermittent fasting promotes fat burning.
2. Intermittent Fasting Can Reduce Insulin Resistance
By eating we increase our blood glucose levels. Insulin works to help stabile our blood glucose levels, by converting the energy we just consumed into stored energy; removing energy from our blood stream to your muscles and tissues. Putting our body through stages of starvation, we therefore reduce the amount of stored energy, and reduce the amount of insulin your pancreas produces. This reduces insulin resistance.
Disclaimer: Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss. Consult with your health care processional before beginning any diet or exercise regime.