Intermittent Fasting is starting to gather some serious momentum in the fitness industry because of the vast array of health benefits. Scientists are uncovering evidence that supports that short periods of fasting can help one blast through the fat loss plateau by allowing the body to detoxify, reduce insulin resistance and restore optimal hormonal balance.
BBC Horizon Documentary – Eat, Fat and Live Longer by Michael Mosley
I’ll go into the science behind why intermittent fasting is so effective at burning fat in just a minute. BBC Horizon recently published a documentary called “Eat, Fast and Live Longer” by Michael Mosley. This study identifies all the scientific research being conducted in the US bringing to light the multitude of health benefits associated with Intermittent Fasting. Watch the amazing documentary below:
What Do I Mean by Optimal Hormonal Balance
Due to our modern western diet packed full of refined grains, trans fats and processed sugars we can start to develop insulin resistance. This is essentially what type-2 diabetics suffer from, where the body no longer responds of insulin due to it being constantly elevated from excessive amounts of processed sugars. So the goal here is to actually increase our insulin sensitivity by reducing the amount of processed sugars being consumed. Insulin is responsible for driving glycogen (energy) into our muscles, cells and liver. Without it, we could actually starve to death on a full stomach, try wrap your head around that.
Intermittent Fasting Has Been Proven To Reduce Insulin Resistance
Intermittent Fasting allows the body to restore its normal hormonal balance as you will see in the video above, Michael actually adopts a fasting lifestyle where he fasts for 2 days per week and sees a massive drop in his resting blood sugar levels proving the effectiveness of intermittent fasting.
Fasting has also been linked to a reduction in cell proliferation, considered an indicator for cancer, increased longevity and higher levels of growth hormone production. Our bodies produce growth hormone whilst we sleep, this process is actually broken by having breakfast. So by simply skipping breakfast we can continue to reap the benefits of increased growth hormone for the period of time the fast is carried out. Increasing growth hormone is excellent news for athletes trying to build muscle mass as GH aids the muscle tissue repair process and increases testosterone which also assists in burning fat.
Eliminating Toxic Food From Our Diet – aka The Western Diet
I should point out that fasting only forms one piece of the puzzle. We also need to address the nutritional aspects of a healthy weight loss regime. This is where adopting the Paleo Diet can work simultaneously with intermittent fasting. Paleo diet recipes eliminate processed sugars, trans fats and grains from our diet.
The interesting thing is that our bodies were never designed to ingest such types of foods and actually find them toxic. This places unnecessary load on our livers, which try to eliminate the toxins rather than focus on eliminating excess fat from our bodies. People think you lose fat in the gym but you actually lose fat in the kitchen.
Coincidentally since the rise of the agricultural industry and the introduction of the western diet diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, depression and obesity have all been on the increase. The Paleo diet offers a solution without having to sacrifice flavor or variety.
Eat Right, Start Fasting, Save Money and Shed Those Extra Pounds
I challenge you not to spend another dime on personal trainers or fat loss pills. If you’re sick of diets and fitness programs that offer little results and leave you feeling miserable because you’re constantly hungry, then consider introducing Paleo and a fasting window into your weight loss regime. I guarantee you will notice extreme fat loss results in just a few weeks. The beauty of both intermittent fasting and Paleo is that they can be incorporated into your lifestyle so that you don’t feel like you’re missing out on life.