Health Benefits Of Intermittent Fasting Affecting Weight Loss Progress
Intermittent Fasting is the shortest way for having a healthy life while losing excess weight and being more active with a clear mind. Let’s answer some common questions about the benefits of intermittent fasting, how it affects our bodies, what is the difference between being fed and being fast.
What Happens When We Eat More?
When eating food the body directly ingests this food as the insulin hormone which is responsible for the storage of food energy is produced. This insulin when produced it stores the excess energy in two ways. The first one is by breaking down the carbohydrates into glucose or in other words into sugar units. This glucose forms glycogen which is stored in either liver or muscles. When the required level of carbohydrates is reached in the body -which is very limited by the way- the excess glucose turns into fat and stored in the body. The liver is responsible for transferring glucose into fats.
There are 2 places in the body which store fats, one of them has a limited capacity and the other has unlimited capacity. The first place is the liver and the other place is the whole body parts. This unlimited storage space leads to an increase in the whole body weight.
What Happens When We Do Intermittent Fasting?
On the other hand, intermittent fasting which is the case of not to eat, the insulin levels fall down and the body starts to burn its stored fats and produces energy. By this means the glucose levels fall and also the stored glucose in the body is burned out for energy. This process may last for 2 -3 days, later on, the body starts to break down the stored fats of the body which makes it easier to be burnt and consumed as energy for the body.
If you are not looking for losing weight but just being healthy and improving your eating habits, you can keep a balance between both cases. Which means not always be fed with high insulin levels and also not always fasting with low insulin levels.
Benefits Of Intermittent Fasting:
Let’s now talk about the main benefits of Intermittent fasting:
- The main benefit is weight loss.
- Also detoxification of your blood from toxins gained by frequent eating.
- Encouraging the body to burn the stored fats in it.
- Fighting diabetes TYPE 2.
- Lowering insulin and sugar levels.
- Increasing energy.
- Improving the body cholesterol levels.
Who Should Not Fast?
There are 3 cases fasting won’t be the best choice for them and they are recommended not to fast, these cases are :
- If someone is underweight.
- Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Younger people under 18 years old.
Also, there are other cases who can fast but should be under medical supervision; these cases are diabetes patients, people who follow certain medications on a daily basis, people with high uric acid and people with severe diseases like heart diseases, liver diseases or kidney diseases.
I Like To Exercise, Is It Possible While Fasting?
Yes! Of course, you can, you don’t have to eat in order to improve your exercising performance. On the contrary, fasting will let your body burn its stored fats while exercising.
You will just need to keep yourself well hydrated and also you can add to your fluids sodium salt around your exercise periods. If you are competing and taking your exercising to a higher level then it’s better for you to eat before starting the exercise and then start your intermittent fasting.
Read our article about exercising with Keto Diet to know the best ways of following Keto while exercising.
Won’t Fasting Burn My Muscles?
This is not normal to happen. When we deprive our bodies of externally added carbohydrates the body burns first fats stored in the body. Using amino acids which are made of protein blocks can be used for providing energy. Normally the body doesn’t tend to burn it’s own muscles unless it’s the last option.
The Main Important Things To Do When Fasting:
- Keep yourself busy so not to think a lot about eating.
- Drink a lot of healthy fluids.
- Drink Coffee or tea if you are not a coffee person.
- Give it a real try, don’t judge the intermittent fasting after a short time.
- Break your fasting periods gradually, eating a large meal after fasting may cause digestion problems and stomach aches (we always do this mistake).
Will I Lose Weight If I Go For Intermittent Fasting?
It’s known nowadays that if you stop eating the body holds onto its weight because when after breaking the fast the body gains what it already lost, but later on, this idea changed as the studies showed that the people who fast a lot their ability to eat decreases overall.
Brightdiet.co.uk is advising keto followers to go for intermittent fasting as long as they are sticking to Keto Diet. We saw great results on keto followers who used to fast a lot which helped them to lose weight and be more healthy and energetic.