The science behind intermittent fasting.

So I’ve told you about intermittent fasting, I’ve told you all about what it means and on today’s post I’m going to be giving you guys a quick run through on what SCIENCE says about intermittent fasting, how it works and more importantly why it benefits us.

So, intermittent fasting mostly follows the 16:8 periods. That is 16 hours of fasting and an 8 hour eating window. If you don’t know what that means, you can read all about it on my previous blog post by clicking here.

When a person intermittently fasts, they often eat within the 8 hour block leaving them with the 16 hours of eating (this is just generally the most common type of intermittent fasting – some may do shorter or longer periods). This sets them apart from people who do not intermittently fast because after around 10-12 hours, the following changes take place in our body;

  1. When you eat you usually store energy in the form of glycogen in your liver, however after 10-12 hours of fasting, your glycogen levels will be extremely low. In most cases this will mean you will not only start feeling hungry but also angry a term many of us know nowadays as HANGRY, but more importantly…
  2. With little glycogen left, fat cells in your body release fat into the bloodstream. The fat that has been released make it’s way to the liver to be converted into energy for use by the body and even more importantly for continuing healthy functioning of the brain, therefore, you are LITERALLY burning fat for energy.
  3. Blood samples show people who fasted between 12-24 had a 60% increase in energy from fat. With the biggest increase after 18 hours.
  4. This is the biggest benefit of intermittent fasting aside from exclusively fat loss, better cardiovascular health and lowered appetite. It is the benefit of KETOSIS.
  5. The process of burning fat for energy releases chemicals called KETONES.
  6. In the brain ketones trigger the release of an important molecule called BDNF.
  7. BDNF is responsible for helping build and strengthen neurones and neural connections in areas of the brain responsible for learning and memory.

So in a recap, intermittent fasting puts our body in ketosis, which benefits us in all kinds of numerous ways, moreover, you’ll find that although people start intermittent fasting as a method of weight loss, many adapt it as part of a lifestyle, due to the 101 other benefits of ketosis (I mean who doesn’t want to be smarter?!).

I have thoroughly studied ketosis from every angle and I will expand on the blog all about this process and why us humans were made for this practise. Why we have been using ketosis to survive for years and why it benefits us nowadays from helping to treat dementia patients to treating epilepsy in children to treating every day eczema. From tomorrow I am planning on starting my own intermittent fasts and recording them down not only on the blog over here for you but also in VLOG form over on the tube. If there’s anything specific you’d like to ask me about intermittent fasting, ketosis, or things you’d like me to note down, please drop me a comment and let me know. I can’t wait to start this and see from a personal view how it may positively and negatively affect day to day life.

Hoping for the best, until then, see you next time on the blog!

O X O X 

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What is intermittent fasting?

You’ve heard about intermittent fasting and if you’re an old and loyal reader on the blog then you’ve also heard that I’m stepping into the world of intermittent fasting. I keep using this term but you keep asking yourself, ‘What exactly does intermittent fasting mean?’ 

Intermittent fasting is subsequently alternating between periods of eating and periods of fasting. Rather than minding what foods you it is entirely focused on when you eat these certain foods. We all fast in some way or another every time we sleep, intermittent fasting in theory is simply prolonging this fast. The most common fast which you will come across is the 16:8. This basically represents 16 hours of fasting with an 8 hour slot for eating. Over time,this fast has proven to be the most common due to the scientific research behind it (on the next blog). Studies show that the most EFFECTIVE fasts are ones which are held for a period of 16 – 18 hours. However, you will find that most or nearly everyone that intermittently fasts have always increased fasting periods gradually over time rather than throwing themselves straight into it. The smallest fasting period which can also be stated as ‘effective’ is 12 hours. Therefore a cycle of 12:12 would be the best to start on if you are a beginner.

During fasts, no food is allowed to be consumed (obviously), water, tea, coffee and any other non-alcoholic beverages are allowed. Although intermittent fasting seems like a long time without any food, our bodies adapt very quickly and if you are including your sleep time at night as your fast (which is generally the thing to do otherwise you’d be fasting twice in a 24 hour period and that would NOT be okay) – it makes it all the easier.

Alongside the most obvious benefit of intermittent fasting weight loss, other benefits are present such as fat loss, increased metabolic health, increased energy levels during the time of fasting, increased protection against disease, and the most recent studies (although not yet official) show that intermittent fasting may even help you live a little longer!

So there’s my introductory run down on the intermittent fasting definition and what it actually means, on the next blog post I’ll be writing all about the specific science behind the practise. I mean, at the end of the day, that’s basically what you guys really wanna know, right?

Are any of you intermittent fasters? Have you seen any other benefits other than those I’ve stated? Comment them to me, I’d love to know!

Intermittent fasting on the blog.

You may or may not have heard about the new fasting phenomenon which is currently one of the world’s most popular health and fitness trends. INTERMITTENT FASTING. Is the name it goes by. Lately I have been doing a lot of reading and researching about this fasting technique which studies have shown can aid weight loss, improve metabolic health, and maybe even in some cases help you live longer. Over the next few posts on the blog, I’ve decided to delve deeper into the world of intermittent fasting. Finding out what exactly does intermittent fasting mean, the science behind the claims, the studies…and yes, I will be trying it myself, where I will record daily the pros and cons and most importantly does it really work? 

Catch you on the next post where we will take our first step together into the world of intermittent fasting!

 

A Happy New Year

2017 was a year full of growth for me. My family grew as Aryana made her debut on April fools day. My waistband grew as I devoted my time being a mother and enjoyed great food and got fat. My experiences grew as I took my babies and travelled to 5 countries in 1 year. However, most importantly 2017 was the year I grew the most I’ve ever done as a person. It was the year I realised what was the most important in life, the year I delve into my soul and found myself. The year where I realised just how lucky I really am. So more than anything, at the end of this year, I am THANKFUL. Thankful for my lovely family, my wonderful friends, thankful for my health, 2 beautiful beautiful children. Thankful that I have been so BLESSED with everything I have. And counting my blessings from the water I have running freely out of my tap today – to the healthy happy children I put to bed at night. I hope all of you, my friends, despite all the ups and downs which you encounter are as happy and free at the end of this year as am I. I sincerely hope for everyone I know personally and for those I don’t that 2018 will be a year of growth, of love, of happiness and of laughter. A year full of health and satisfaction and more over a year which you can look back on with love overflowing in your heart. Happy New Year to my loved ones near and far! Love you all! 💗