Fast, Fat, Fasting!
Not too long ago, I was on Facebook, and I saw a video by Terry Crews. In the video, Terry discussed how he had been Fasting for the past five years, and compared his 43-year-old self to his 20something self; Terry feels he looks and feels better than he has ever had. For those of you who do not know what fasting is.
Fasting, by definition, is abstaining from food and/or drinking for an extended period of time. Fasting is highly prevalent in the Muslim tradition. Although there are variations that may be done for health reasons (a juice fast, for example, where one would refrain from eating and only drink juice.)
Terry mentioned-like myself—he too works out pretty early in the morning I assume 4-5am and doesn't have his first meal until 2pm. Terry then eats from 2-10pm. Crazy right?
The Benefits of Fasting!
Fasting Helps Weight Loss.
- Intermittent fasting allows the body to use fat as its primary source of energy instead of sugar; allowing the body to burn through fat cells more effectively than just regular dieting.
Fasting Improves Insulin Sensitivity.
- Insulin is a naturally secreted hormone that the body cannot function correctly without. Inside the pancreas, beta cells make the hormone “Insulin”. With each meal, beta cells release insulin to help the body use or store the glucose it gets from food. Insulin sensitivity describes how sensitive the body is to the effects of insulin.
Fasting Speeds Up Metabolism.
- Intermittent fasts can regulate your digestion and promote healthy bowel function, thus improving your metabolic function.
Fasting Promotes Longevity.
- One of the primary effects of aging is a slower metabolism, the younger your body is, the faster and more efficient your metabolism. The less you eat, the less toll it takes on your digestive system. Studies have shown how the lifespan of people in certain cultures increased due to their diets.
Fasting Improves Hunger.
- You cannot experience real hunger if you eat a meal every 3-4hours. To experience true hunger it would take anywhere from 12-24 hours. Fasting helps to regulate the hormones in your body so that you experience what true hunger is.
Fasting Improves Your Eating Patterns.
- Fasting can be a helpful practice for those who suffer from binge eating disorders, and for those who find it difficult to establish a correct eating pattern due to work and other priorities.
Fasting Improves Brain Functions.
- Fasting has shown to improve brain function because it boosts the production of a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF.)
Fasting Improves Your Immune System.
- Intermittent fasting improves the immune system because it reduces free radical damage, regulates inflammatory conditions in the body and starves off cancer cell formation.
- In nature, when animals get sick they stop eating and instead focus on resting. This is a primal instinct to reduce stress on their internal system so their body can fight off infection. We, humans, are the only species who look for food when we are ill, even when we do not need it.
Fasting Contributes to Self-Enlightenment.
- Fasting has helped many people feel more connected to life during the practices reading, meditation, yoga and martial arts etc. With no food in the digestive system, this makes room for more energy in the body – the digestive is one of the most energy absorbing systems in the body.
Fasting Helps Clear Skin and Prevent Acne.
- Fasting can help clear the skin because with the body temporarily freed from digestion, it’s able to focus its regenerative energies on other systems.
- Not eating anything for just one day has shown to help the body clean up the toxins and regulate the functioning of other organs of the body like liver, kidneys and other parts
I plan on following Terry's way of life and introducing fasting into my way of living 2x's a week. Hitting the gym at 5am, then having my first meal at 2pm.