In recent times, among the most popular methods of weight loss is intermittent fasting. In this article, we’re going to present you what your body does while you’re fasting no matter if you doing for religious or dietary reasons.
Many people find the first hours of fasting normal. Their body breaks down glycogen and starts storing glucose that it would later use as fuel for energy. Almost 25% of it goes in your brain. The rest supports your muscles and red blood cells.
This stage appears depending on the levels of sugar in your blood or from 5 to 6 hours. It’s metabolic. The ketone bodies support our energy levels. During this process, fat breaks down.
The fasting starts at this point. It is good for people who’re trying to lose weight. Also, people who are on a diet low in carbs and high in fat called a ketogenic diet can reach this particular state.
Uric acid and cholesterol clean-up
While you’re in ketosis, your body will start to release uric acid as well as cholesterol in your bloodstream. This is when the process of detoxification happens in your body.
You may start having: skin rashes, headaches, fatigue, dizziness, joint aches and muscle pain. When the stage reaches its end, your blood pressure will drop and you’ll feel less pain. You’ll also reduce the process of calcification with mucoid and cholesterol.
Your digestive system rests
You’ve decreased the intake of food, so your digestive system can rest for a while. It won’t stop completely though. Even when you’re fasting, your digestive system is operating.
The first 6 hours of your fasting will make you feel overwhelmed and hungry all the time. You may also feel frustrated, sad, angry or down. You have to learn how to deal with these feelings. You also need to remind yourself that your fasting is logical.
Don’t use your bad emotions on people of your surroundings. Try to focus or something. Meditate. Think of anything else and not on the fact that you’re hungry. Try to do something that doesn’t need you to use too much of your body.
Two ways to fast
When people want to regulate their intake of calories and their weight, they use intermittent fasting. You should eat at particular hours of the day and during the other hours, you shouldn’t eat. You’ll regulate the “mindless munching” more easily and during the hours of eating, you can intake the calories you need. People use this method mostly: they have 8 eating hours and 16 hours of fasting. They split it or have it all together.
Another way is prolonged fasting when you only consume drinks, for example juices. You’ll have to consult with a health professional before you start so that he/she could see if you’re able to do that. In case you have a healthy body, you’ll probably be told to use a detox program for 1 week, in which you’ll also include medicines that will support your digestion as well as different supplements.
The benefits of fasting
Here are some benefits that fasting will cause for your complete health:
- You control your weight with it;
- You can normalize the sensitivity to insulin and that will help you prevent diabetes type 2;
- You’ll have a disciplined hunger as you’ll normalize the levels of ghrelin;
- You’ll decrease the risk of heart problems and decrease the levels of triglyceride;
- You’ll manage to decrease the process of aging;
- You’ll treat various skin problems;
- You’ll normalize your digestive system.