• Mary

Let's Talk! Fasting For Health

Updated: Nov 10, 2018

You say you’re going to “intermittent fast” or “not eat past sunset” or “not eat past 7pm.” You’ve heard that doing this will help you lose weight or feel less bloated, but do you know the reasoning behind it? Do you know WHY?!

First, let me tell you that physiologically your body stores glucose (sugar) in the form of glycogen for a FULL 48 HOURS! If you’re eating any amount of carbs (over 20 grams a day), which should be all of you (eat your veggies), then you will NOT actually go into ketosis or “starvation mode.” I want to get that myth out of the way first and foremost. Again, intermittent fasting does not put you into ketosis.

(Also, being a provider I feel like it is my duty to tell everyone that the Keto diet is a harmful and dangerous diet trend that no one reading this should attempt..I’ll give exceptions to children with refractory epilepsy or neurologic disorders, and some severe cancer patients).

Ok, back to the topic at hand, why does everyone seem to feel amazing or less bloated after adopting these fasts? For one thing (this may be common sense), if you do not allow yourself to eat past a certain time and stop yourself from mindlessly snacking or eating, you WILL eat fewer calories and slightly boost your metabolism. Going along the same line as this…if you are able to lose a bit of weight by not snacking past a certain time, then you will improve your overall heart health, including numerous risk factors for heart disease such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglycerides and inflammatory markers.

Also, if you eat right before bedtime then you activate your digestive system, which, in turn, can negatively affect your sleeping pattern, and inhibit your body from going into a good deep sleep. When you sleep and fast your body starts to regenerate and repair its tissues, and also promote cellular repair.

These are the things I know for sure. There are a lot of “maybes” or “it might help” or “it could potentially help with...” I’m not interested in all the potentials, and would rather focus on the concrete.

So… eating less at night or prolonging times between dinner and breakfast can help you eat fewer calories, which helps you lose weight, which helps you sleep better. All good things. So next time you are bored and sitting on the couch, go make a cup of herbal tea instead of grabbing that cookie.

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