What is intermittent fasting?
Intermittent fasting or “IF” is a tool and not a diet that doesn’t tell you what to eat but it is just a pattern of eating and not eating. It’s not about limiting calories but it’s about changing when you eat and when you don’t.
Intermittent fasting is one, if not the most important, factor in weight loss. As you probably know, in the presence of insulin, losing fat is almost impossible. Insulin is a fat storing hormone. By applying intermittent fasting you are avoiding insulin spikes and keeping it as low as possible allowing other fat burning hormones to do their job. One of the most important fat burning hormones that is triggered by intermittent fasting is growth hormone.
Combining intermittent fasting with healthy keto is probably the best diet anyone can follow. You will be getting the huge benefits of keto combined with such a powerful tool, intermittent fasting.
Many people consume too many meals per day (including snacks) and the problem is that every time we eat we spike insulin. Some people consume breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack, having this idea in mind that the more frequently we eat, the better the metabolism, which is a complete myth. We’ve been brainwashed for years that consuming smaller meals more frequently during the day is healthier and keeps us energetic and makes us lose weight, when in fact it is the complete opposite. Eating 6 times a day will only keep insulin high and make you store fat and will set you to some serious insulin resistance because the body will block and will stop responding to anything in excess. Now that insulin is being blocked, the pancreas will release more and more insulin to make it effective making the situation even worse. Humans were not designed to eat all day long, we are designed to eat only when we are truly hungry.
Benefits of IF
Improve Digestion: You will give your stomach, gallbladder, pancreas and the large intestine the time to rest and prepare for the next meal especially for people with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
Autophagy: while fasting the body goes into a state called autophagy where it starts getting rid of old damaged protein and use that to create new healthy cells. It also gets rid of viruses, funguses, molds…
Immunity: fasting will improve the immune system as a result of autophagy
Hunger: once you adapt to fasting you will no longer feel too much hungry. You will adapt to using your own fat reserve as fuel
Cravings: it will take some time but once you’re there you will no longer crave anything. You will be satisfied all the time
Better Skin: you will notice an improvement in the skin because of autophagy
Energy: your energy will increase a lot
Mood: your mood will significantly improve because you will have stable blood sugars
Cognitive Function: you will notice improvement in memory, focus and concentration especially for people with dementia
Inflammation: you will lower, if not completely heal, inflammation anywhere in the body
Heart Disease: you will improve or prevent heart problem because fasting will improve the arteries
Blood Pressure: you will improve blood pressure because again fasting improves the arteries
Diabetes & IR: you will improve or even reverse diabetes and insulin resistance. Fasting will also improve and even fix hypoglycemia which is a condition of too much insulin
Liver: fasting will improve the liver by getting the fat off the liver
Weight: you will lose some serious weight
Muscles: you will increase muscle density because intermittent fasting will trigger growth hormone
Metabolism: you will fix and improve your metabolism especially for those who have a ruined metabolism after years of low-calorie diets