WTF! What do you mean you don’t eat! That’s crazy! Why the fast? How can being hungry make you healthier? Is breakfast not the most important meal of the day? Is fasting just starving yourself? These were the questions I first asked when I heard about fasting. I had heard about celebs like J Lo, Wolverine and The Rock claiming the benefits and flaunting their hot bods, but was starvation a sound solution?
After almost three years experimenting with fasting and about 157 days ‘not eating’ I consider myself a seasoned player in the ‘hunger gains’. I am not a doctor or Nutritionist but I know what it feels like to feel exhausted, rundown and frumpy. I prefer life in Ketosis! I now know what it feels like to feel energised, fresh and focused! I want everyone to feel as good as I do. I believe feeling good in your mind, body and spirit is the most important thing in life so I’m all about hacking my way to healthier and happier.
Firstly, what is it? Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting. You may have heard of the 16/8 or the 5/2 fasting protocol, or you may know some bad ass’s like us that do support fasting for 24-60hrs. Perhaps you or someone you know has fasted as a ritual or for religious purposes. Fasting is old news. Literally, it has been around for centuries. How do you think your ancestors survived when there were no mammoth to munch on? They were in ketosis when fasting between beasts. When the hunt was on, they were lean, mean and focused AF because their bodies and brains were using fat as an energy source. Intermittent fasting is not starving yourself and it’s not a diet. It is a lifestyle choice. Here are some of the many gains you can get from getting your fast on.
Weight loss – especially the stubborn belly fat
Yes, it is obvious but true. Reducing your caloric intake and your eating window will help you lose weight. Not only does it reduce caloric intake, it can also boost your metabolic rate.
In her book Dieters beware; 9Myths that can make you fat, Dr Peterson said “For up to 12 hours after the start of a fast, the body is still burning glycogen, a molecule that stores glucose (or sugar). After 12 hours, the body begins burning fat stores”
Fasting intermittently can significantly reduce visceral fat which is the toxic fat that surrounds your vital organs and is extremely harmful to your health.
Can help reduce the risk of heart disease and other illnesses
Apart from helping people lose weight, research shows that fasting can help lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol and help prevent type 2 diabetes. Fasting has been shown to be an effective way to reduce insulin resistance and reduce blood sugar levels.
May improve memory and mood and focus
Ketosis is a state where the body starts to derive more energy from fat. Fasting from 12 to 60 hours at a time makes it easier for the body to enter this state
Entering ketosis triggers the release of BDNF, a molecule that strengthens neurons and brain connections linked to learning and memory. Moreover, many individuals who fast intermittently say that they feel more focused and ‘switched on’ whilst fasting. I personally feel a euphoric high when I’m in Ketosis. I get this from fasting and I also hack my way to high by drinking pure therapeutic ketones. Being in ketosis is out native state and I love that I can drink ketones and get there quickly and conveniently.
Can reduce oxidative stress and inflammation
Oxidative stress is a factor that contributes to ageing and many chronic diseases. In light of this, studies have shown that intermittent fasting can reduce oxidative damage and inflammation in the body which helps to fight rapid ageing and development of numerous diseases.
Along with helping to detox and remove free radicals and oxidative damage at a cellular level, other benefits include enhancing hormone function naturally and increasing human growth hormone (the youth hormone!). On day two of a fast, human growth hormone can increase by 1300% in women and up to %2000 in men.
Detox, don’t botox!
At Experience Ketones we believe that there is a better in all of us. We practice intermittent fasting with Ketone support. We love life in Ketosis! Fasting gets you into Ketosis but fasting with Ketones gets you there quicker and keeps you there longer.
“The best of all medicines are resting and fasting” Benjamin Franklin.
It’s late so I am going to take Ben’s advice and go to sleep. Can’t wait to drink my Ketones in the morning before I hit the gym and enjoy my hunger gains.
Give fasting a try. The only thing to lose is some belly fat and toxins!
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Let’s experience better together.
Grace and the Experience Ketones Team