What is intermittent fasting?
At least, since the Paleolithic Era we have been fasting. During that time in human civilization hunger was common, fasting was not a voluntary decision, as hunting was not successful all the time, and in particular, during the winter months, there were no fruits and vegetables available. We were dependent on storing foods in order to have food available.
Greek civilization utilized fasting to treat multitude of diseases and ailments: Many of the treatments utilized were based on observing nature, and on how animals didn’t eat when they were sick. Paracelsus is considered the father of toxicology and he was a proponent of fasting to treat a myriad of diseases.
Most religions include fasting in one way or another as part of their set of practices or ‘sacrifices’, although in recent times, we are more i tune with the ‘feasts’ offered during certain holidays, such as Christmas, and less concerned with any fasting ritual.
Although fasting has been proposed during millennia, it hasn’t been until the 20th century that we have scientifically scrutinized this method. Since the 1910’s, such as the Journal of Biological Chemistry, described fasting as a ‘perfectly safe and effective method for weight loss’. As being overweight was not as problem as it is today, not much attention was devoted to this approach. However, as things changed and human being began to increase their weight and develop health problems such as obesity, more research was deployed to fasting. In the 60’s there was a study done to have a subject group fast for 14 days, only drinking water, coffee and tea during those 14 days. Results were outstanding. Out of the 45 male and female patients only 2 abandoned the program, everyone else lost great amounts of fat, and there was a success rate of 96%. On average they lost 17 pounds. Some had better results than others, fluctuating from losing 8 pounds up to a 30 pounds weight loss!
Not only that, 3 of these individuals had diabetes, and the three of them experimented remarkable improvements in their condition. Di they struggle while performing this 14 day fasting? Apparently not, it seemed all of them had to ‘struggle’ a bit on days 2 and 3 of this fasting program, which coincides with the metabolic change that occurs in the human body. Once they adapted, their seemed to handle the remaining of the fasting quite well.
Prolonged fasting has very good benefits however, given our current lifestyles and the necessities of modern life, I like adapting these scientific studies to our current lifestyles, and I believe they will be more relevant to you.
Although these days there have been different propositions on how to fast, I am a big proponent of the 15-9 rule: Fasting during 15 hours and eating during there 9 hour window gap.
I have been getting tremendous results with my clients, and it has improved their health and well being, beyond losing unwanted weight and improving body composition.
Intermittent fasting coupled with my fitness plans is a sure way to improve your health, vitality and life in general. For more information or to get started right away contact me today to begin your journey to improved health, wellbeing and a happier life.
To your health,