By: Dr Alex Robber
Fasting for Weight Loss
The warmed-over art of fasting has been practised for thousands of years.
Christians, Muslims, Jews, Monks, Buddhists all have fasting rituals and rhythms.
It has been virtually for centuries.
Think it is crazy to fast? I totally get it.
I understand what the myths and naysayers are saying.
Maybe you’ve heard myths well-nigh fasting putting your life in danger, or it makes you proceeds plane increasingly fat, or that your metabolism slows down, or that skipping breakfast is the worst thing to do!
Let me straight towards guidelines.
The benefits of fasting are astounding.
It is one of the most powerful tools on the planet for reversing insulin resistance, stubborn weight loss, and has long terms protective effects versus neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimers and Parkinsons. It helps protect versus liver disease, heart disease and plane cancer. It helps our immune systems get stronger, revs up our metabolism, and helps increases the natural secretion of growth hormone, making us increasingly energetic, increasingly youthful.
Obesity is increases in our society
Contrast that with the current state of our society.
We are overweight, sick, tired, and depressed. Our obesity problem is growing, cancer rates are soaring, and our incidence of lifestyle preventable diseases is off the charts. I know we can do better. We deserve better. To do so, we need to start doing something different. Part of having a largest life, at least as it relates to health, is learning and practicing the warmed-over art of fasting. At my clinic in Toronto, I’ve helped myriad patients lose weight with this technique. Today, I want to outline for you the top 5 reasons why you should be fasting, and what it can do for your health.
If you’re sick and tired of stuff sick and tired, read on.
Benefit for Weight Losing through fasting
“Fasting is the first principle of medicine; fast and see the strength of the spirit reveal itself” — Rumi
People who struggle with their weight, whether it is the last 10 or the last 100 pounds, can all goody from fasting. Temporarily restricting the supplies you slosh has wonderful benefits to the way our brains work, the way our hormones balance, and our worthiness to use fat stores on the body. Fasting is arguably THE most powerful tool on the planet for weight loss. Fasting allows your soul to truly tap into your fat stores in the body. Your soul has 2 main fuel sources — sugar or fat. The trick is, it is an either-or situation. You cannot shrivel both fuels at the same time.
Just like a car, you cannot be in momentum and reverse at the same time. You are either urgent sugar, or you are urgent fat. Most of us are in sugar-burning mode all the time. We never fully use up our sugar stores surpassing we eat the next meal that is hands converted to sugar. And since it is easier to shrivel sugar (it is cheap, quick and readily available) than it is to shrivel fat, our soul will segregate the path of least resistance and segregate to unchanging shrivel sugar. Over time this usually leads to weight gain, water retention, hormonal imbalance, and one super frustrated person.
If this sounds familiar, don’t get tens on yourself. Let me be clear — there is nothing wrong with you. You just haven’t overly been told well-nigh how to fast or why too fast. The opposite is probably true -you likely have been told that fasting is a bad idea and something to be avoided. I mean, who is going to tell you to fast, the supplies companies selling you food?
Fasting is a simple and powerful way to course-correct for weight gain. When you temporarily restrict calorie consumption, you use up all the sugar stores in your body. Sugar is stored as glycogen in the liver and muscles. Once this “easy” energy is used up, your soul will then uncork need to wangle your fat stores, and uncork using it for energy. This is exactly what you want to be doing — losing weight by using up fat stores (that are usually unwanted) on the body. Another tom fool thing happens when you fast. With lower levels of insulin in the thoroughbred (due to lack of supplies causing it to elevate), your kidneys will shout:
Hello! We don’t need all this glut water anymore! And they get rid of glut water you are moreover storing. So, when your glycogen goes down, you lose the water bloat that often goes withal with it) Fasting will rationalization weight loss by accessing stored fat as energy, and it promotes glut water loss.