Intermittent Fasting Health Benefits: What Happens to Your Body.

A lot of people think that the best way to stay/get healthy is to eat often. What if I told you that eating less is actually the answer?

By eating less you can improve your body’s functioning (and lose weight) in a number of ways. In this article I am going to take you through 4 health benefits of intermittent fasting.

Improves gut health.

Your gut’s health is very important in maintaining good health in the body.

The gut is very closely linked to your mental state. What you eat literally affects how you mentally function. This is why its incredibly crucial for people who suffer from mental illnesses to give your digestive system time to clean itself out and repair what it needs to repair.

By allowing your gut to ‘rest’ it has time to deal with any bad areas in the gut that might not be functioning properly, any bacteria or infections that might be present or generally repair any problems within the gut.

The body knows what areas need to be rebuilt and repaired but just needs time to do this. Intermittent fasting allows this.

Helps you lose weight.

This is my favorite thing about Intermittent fasting. Before whenever I wanted to lose weight I would go online and see what diets out there seemed to work.

I didn’t want a diet that was going to do damage to my body, but I also didn’t want to do traditional ‘eat less and move more’ because whenever I did this I would have no energy, and would be constantly hungry and cold. Then, when I finally couldn’t keep it up and binged, I would pile on all the weight PLUS more.

When I found out about Intermittent Fasting, I thought there was some catch; how could this possibly be healthy? I started looking at Jason Fung and Dr. Eric Berg on YouTube and other sources online and slowly I started to see that fasting was very necessary for the body. It is the most healthy and most natural way for a human to lose weight.

There has been extensive research on why cutting down on calories is much worse for you, and particularly harmful for your basal metabolic rate (BMR). Fasting does NOT lower your metabolism, in fact many studies have shown it can actually increase it!

Fasting has actually been proven to be one of the most effective ways to lose weight, and in my opinion, it definitely is one of the safest ways. It uses up the body’s natural fat stores and does not harm your muscles (contrary to many beliefs).

for more information on this topic see “How to Lose Weight Quickly“.

Mental Focus.

I am writing this article in a fasted state because, like many of us who know this benefit of fasting, I work best when my stomach is empty because my head is clearer.

When my body doesn’t have to focus on digesting and absorbing nutrients, my brain can work more efficiently.

Fasting can actually help promote growth of cells in your brain and even help in repairing the brain. As a result you can get increased mental clarity and can even mentally perform better than if you were eating.

Allows the body to repair itself (autophagy).

Autophagy is essentially when our bodies ‘eat up’ any ill functioning cells, any disease-inducing cells, or any cells that are of no benefit to the body. The word ‘autophagy’ means ‘self-eating’.

Yoshinori Ohsumi was awarded a Nobel Prize in Medicine for his discoveries of mechanisms for autophagy. He discovered that this method was the body’s preferred way to detoxify itself. Many people have praised fasting (because of how it allows for autophagy) for completely ridding them of any tumors or anything cancerous.

Autophagy can help heal absolutely everything within the body – heart health, cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, cancers, and any type of sickness even normal run-of-the-mill colds and flu.

How to start:

  • Choose which type of fasting works for you – see here for more.
  • Ease into fasting – fast for a chosen length of time that you feel comfortable with and then slowly start to lengthen that time.
  • Have an open mind – for me who used to think fasting was starvation and therefore bad for the body, I have done a complete 360. It is important to view fasting with an open mind. It is still very new to the nutrition world (as there is virtually no money to be made from it).
  • Have a look at all the wonderful stories posted everywhere online about what fasting has done for them spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically.

Thanks so much for reading and please leave any questions and comments you have down below so I can help you out 🙂

 

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Combining the Keto Diet with Intermittent Fasting – why its more effective.

The Ketogenic Diet.

I feel like the word ‘keto’ can be found almost anywhere – online, in health magazines and news stories, and  in the health food aisles in supermarkets.

From the other articles I have written I have mentioned the amazing effects that keto can do to your body.

The first time I heard about intermittent fasting was in a hairdressing salon. I was bored, flicking through an old celeb magazine and I stopped when I came across an article explaining intermittent fasting.

At first, I was skeptical; how could starving yourself for periods of time possibly be of any good to the body? I became even more curious, I wanted to be proven wrong- that fasting could actually be the easiest, quickest and SAFEST way to lose body fat.

Thankfully, that article DID prove me wrong that day. It let me to research more into the amazing world of fasting – and led to me setting up this blog!

So, today I want to share with you this information, on why combining the keto diet with intermittent fasting,in the hopes that this article can do what that article did for me.

What science says:

The Ketogenic Diet or ‘Keto diet’ is a diet designed to make the body run on ketones (fat) for fuel. The body, in today’s society is mainly running on sugars (carbohydrates) for fuel because of the amount of carb-rich foods that are so readily available to us.

By eating foods rich in fats, like avacados and nuts, and low in carbohydrates, like pastas and breads, your body will enter a process known as ketosis. When this happens, your body can use up fat already stored in the body and convert it to the main source of ‘fuel’ or energy for the body.

fat is a higher source of energy than glucose(carbohydrates).

So effectively you will be losing weight while gaining more energy.

Unfortunately, the information handed to us by scientists teaches us that carbs should be the main fuel source for us. *smh*

Is there any wonder why mental illnesses, cancer, diabetes and obesity have all increased since this ‘study’ was made public; that carbs are good for you and you should eat more of them…?

We were also told to eat often throughout the day. Skipping breakfast is still met with gasps and mutters of ‘that’s bad for you!’s.

Our entire day consists of eating and the times we are not eating we’re still thinking about eating. It’s crazy.

This kind of ‘healthy advice’ that has managed to root itself in the minds of everyone is what makes it very difficult to even consider doing something like not eat carbs and not eating often.

Fat burning mode:

By combining both keto and intermittent fasting (which I’ll refer to as IF from now on) you train your body to use fat as the main source of fuel for the body.

This the fuel that many believe is the natural fuel our ancestor’s bodies ran on. It is a much cleaner fuel for the body meaning its very difficult to get sick when you are in ketosis – not many diseases thrive on ketones as apposed to glucose ( most cancer cells LOVE sugar).

You will get so much more energy simply because what you eat (if you are eating 70%+ fats) is being used up and not stored.

It also is great because when you are not eating i.e. fasting your body won’t notice much because it was already running on fat and body fat is the same type of fat.

This means you can burn more fat and not have hunger pains!

This is why combining IF is a great way to lose more weight faster in a healthy and safe way. IF also means the body can go into autophagy (which I will discuss in another article so stay tuned!).

Another benefit is…

Your Brain Fog Lifts.

Many people have reported that they work better when they are on a Keto IF diet, your brain thrives better when your body is running on fats.

Even though your brain does need some glucose to function, this doe not mean you need to eat carbs.

Your body undergoes a process that converts the fat,either stored or not, into glucose that helps fuel the brain. (This is one of the big arguments against keto).

One of the reasons why your brain works more efficiently on ketones goes back to our predecessors when they had no food to eat but needed to hunt.

They had no supermarkets they could run to. If they didn’t catch something, they would eventually starve to death. (once they used up most of their stored fats on their body).

Nature isn’t stupid, it wouldn’t design the body in such a way that once they stopped eating they lost all their energy and died. In fact, it is at this point when they need the most amount of energy because they needed to plan how they were going to find their food, how they were going to kill it and everything in between. They needed to be thinking clearly in order to survive.

Thanks to them, our bodies work in much the same ways as it did back then. People report that there work improves and their focus sharpens on an empty stomach! It is actually once our predecessors eat that they can relax and they get tired. Most of us have experienced this feeling before too : Have you ever ate a big dinner and feel like you need to lie down afterwards?

Gut health improves.

This website is mainly focused on showing people that the keto diet is much more than a method to lose weight.

It can be used to help with a wide range of illnesses including Autism and even gut related problems too like Irritable Bowel Syndrome . I have spoken before on the relationship between gut and brain and I TRULY believe that this diet can completely change how your body functions. It can heal your gut.

Keto and the gut: take a look at this YouTube video: (read the comment section too to see the amount of people that have written their stories with keto diet and how it transformed their gut health).

IF and the gut: One of the great things about fasting is that it allows the digestive system to take a break and allowing the body to ‘clean up’ itself and heal itself.

These two things are why I believe fasting heals the gut. Your body is truly amazing in how it knows how to manage itself.

It REQUIRES periods of fasting; if you look back fasting has always been a part of society. Many religions still encourage it. And there is a reason why it is has been around for thousands of years.

I hope the information I have left here for you guys is of some use and has changed your view of keto and/or fasting. If you have any questions or anything you can leave a comment down below. If you want to leave your story of how Keto/IF has helped improve your life in some way I would LOVE to hear about it 🙂

Thanks so much for reading!

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Keto Cookbook- the ONLY book you need to LOSE WEIGHT FAST?

The Ketogenic Kitchen by Domini Kemp and Patricia Daly is my absolute favorite keto cookbook to use; in fact, it’s probably the only book I use to cook with anymore.

I have mentioned it a few times already on my website. I also did a review on their granola bar recipe which I have linked here “KETO SNACK recipe review – granola bars.”

It not only helps you torch the fat on your hips and thighs but can drastically change your health for the better in multiple ways.

With a huge selection of yummy ( and I mean YUMMY), filling and healthy meals to choose from, along with an information guide on how many macro nutrients are in each meal, AND a section devoted entirely to how eating high fat low carb can help HEAL YOUR ENTIRE BODY – it’s a must for anyone who wants to go keto.

What Is Keto?

The Ketogenic Diet, it is a diet where you eat 70-75% good fats, 20% protein (including fatty proteins) and 5-10% carbohydrates (like vegetables, carbs found in nuts, seeds etc).

By eating a diet high in fats and low in carbs you force your body to start running on fat for fuel rather than sugar.

Fat turns to ketones and has been known in the science community to be a better fuel source than glucose (what carbohydrate break down into).

It allows your body to also burn the stored fat on your body so you can lose weight more easily. There is so much already online about how keto is one of the easiest diets out there to lose weight. I have already written an article “The Keto Diet for Beginners” if you would like to check it out.

A Piece on the Authors…

Nearly every person in the world knows someone who has had cancer, if it’s you yourself reading this, you are probably more aware than anyone the importance of what you eat to help your body fight against it.

Both authors, Kemp and Daly battled with cancer in their lives and credit the ketogenic as their saving grace.

Winning the Fight.

Patricia Daly mentions in the book her journey from finding out she was ill; she had melanoma, a tumor growing behind her eye which had detached her retina; to finding out about keto. She had read a study by a German researcher, Dr Johannes Coy, on how cancer cells love sugar.

This, coupled with her perseverance to overcome the illness, she credits, has saved her life. She says in the book: “I had nothing to lose [and] according to studies, it was safe to follow a diet that had been used for epileptic patients for a long time.”

Using Keto as Treatment.

Domini Kemp, known as the ‘best food writer in Ireland’, also faced her battle against cancer on two separate occasions, skin cancer in 1998 and breast cancer in early 2013. She also began to use good food as her weapon and met Daly along the way.

As a talented chef, writer and a cancer survivor, Kemp brings a unique perspective to how the Ketogenic Diet is much than a fast way to lose weight but as a means of protection against many chronic illnesses.

What’s Included in the Book:

This is truly a stand-out book, simply because of the amount of love poured into it. It has so much information on how keto can help you lose weight and get healthier.

The book is split up into separate parts including:

  • expert opinions on the keto diet.
  • How to use the book to get the most from the diet.
  • Common questions about the keto diet
  • keto food shopping lists.
  • 1 MONTH meal plan.
  • Breakfast meals, soups, mains, vegetarian dishes, dressings and condiments, and (of course!) desserts.
  • Nourishing foods ‘in times of treatment and recovery’.
  • How to monitor your blood glucose and ketone levels.
  • Keto equipment.

Conclusion

I think this book is a superb investment for anyone who wishes to start their keto journey the right way.

It is very well-written, trustworthy, and the recipes are absolutely delicious – so delicious in fact you won’t want to eat anything else.

The number on the weighing scales will drop quickly and your health will increase dramatically. You’ve nothing to lose! (except for the weight!)

—->click here for The Ketogenic Kitchen to start journey<—-

If you have any questions at all about anything mentioned in the article or want to discuss further about your own experience reading the book feel free to drop a comment down below 🙂

Thanks so much for reading!

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