It’s been awhile since I’ve written on the subject on intermittent fasting, but it’s worth mentioning again because of its unique power to alter health.
Intermittent fasting is the act of not eating for a scheduled 16 hours (generally from 8pm to noon) in order to help spark the body into undergoing some dramatic physiological changes.
The only time you eat is in your window of 8 hours...so from noon - 8 pm.
This main thing this period of fasting does is burn through your body’s stored fat and glycogen supplies.
Here’s what happens during that time:
You Burn Fat: Since you’re not bringing in any new forms of energy (fat/sugar/complex carbs) your body burns through its glycogen first (stored carbs), and then fat. String a few days together like this, and you’ll find yourself losing weight. This is because you’re probably operating at a calorie deficit, and also because your body has most likely switched into ketosis (where it uses fat for energy).
Improve Gut Health: As you likely know, bacteria (both good and bad) live inside of your gut. And when the bad bacteria are constantly fed a diet of sugars, it’ll continue to grow.
Starve that bad bacteria and they’ll die off, resulting in a healthier gut.
It Helps Boost Human Growth Hormone: Several studies have shown if you fast, it can cause the release of HDH (Human Growth Hormone), which often declines as we age.
It Improves Brainpower: Intermittent fasting produces a specific protein known to help increase brainpower. This protein, called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), builds the pathways which essential neurotransmitters (like dopamine and serotonin) travel on.
We know that intestinal health and BDNF are connected, and it’s believed caloric restrictions cause BDNF to surge.
I truly believe intermittent fasting is one of the untapped goldmines for better health. However, I suggest talking to your physician directly before engaging in this activity.