I started intermittent fasting one week after being a vegan.
I feel a need to give a break to my digestive system, to stop consuming food voluntarily for a certain time and this has been a month! It turned out as a great idea ! I discovered intermittent fasting from a podcast, I think it is from Tim Ferris podcast. Also heard about it from Tony Robbin’s podcast which strengthen my believes for healthy diet.
What is intermittent fasting?
Intermittent fasting is not a diet but a pattern of eating, it is voluntary withholding of food for spiritual, health or other reasons. This is the ancient secret of health, it has been practiced throughout all of human history where our ancestors did not have immediate food access like now, their bodies went through regular fasting until the next source of food. Intermittent fasting involves only eating within a certain window of time, usually between 6-8 hours a day. For most people would skip breakfast and eating later in the day. I would start eating between 11am or 12 am and stop eating since 7pm to 8pm.
The thing is, I have always thought that breakfast is the most important meal as what my grandpa would told me, but this is where I unlearn and relearn. Watch this video to find out more: Longevity and why I eat a meal a day.
What is the benefits of doing so?
One of it is it brings weight loss benefits when the body has used up glucose stores during fasting, it burns fat for energy, resulting in weight loss. Fasting is a type of metabolic therapy that uses a mix of diets, enzymes and nutritional supplements to help remove toxins.
Besides, intermittent fasting brings the reversal of type 2 diabetes, lower blood pressure and reduced cholesterol. It also improved immunity, managed oxidative stress and improved memory and individual learning. Now, here comes my main favourite point, It enabled people to easily cope with stress since the body cells became adaptive. So yea, intermittent fasting might even have protective properties against disease like Alzheimer, improve long and short term memory.
Well, there are some extra benefits like lesser time to prepare for meals and thinking of what to eat, so I could stay more productive in work in the morning and savings of one meal if eating out.
Bonus fasting benefits: Ketosis
But, my aim of fasting has changed since listening to more podcast about Ketosis. Ketosis is the process where the body burns ketone bodies for energy. Our body primary source of energy is glucose which comes from eating carbohydrates. The carbohydrates from these foods are either used as glucose by the body immediately or stored as glycogen to be used later. However, if the body has a low supply of glucose, it must turn into something else for fuel. In the case of ketosis, that’s fat.
What is Ketogenic diet?
A Ketogenic diet is a high-fat, moderate protein and very low carb, which cause the body to break down fat instead of carbs for energy. Ketosis has many health benefits as well where it reduce the risk for heart disease, eliminate disease like type II diabetes, less inflammation of the skin (I love that). Basically ketosis is a result of intermittent fasting. When you fast, your body is in metabolic state of nutritional ketosis.
It has been a month, and the most important learning for me is to read up, watch more video about fasting and ketosis and about food that will bring more harm than good. I was craving for peanut paste which i love to have it on a bread, but i found out that even peanut that is available on the shelf is mostly sugar. Which now i understand why I would crave for it, because it is sugar and there is something inside our body that craves for it once its used up to spike our energy.
Here are links of where I get my source:
- Longevity & Why I now eat One Meal a Day
- Fasting vs. Eating Less: What’s the Difference? (Science of Fasting)
- Is Ketosis Dangerous? (Science of Fasting & Low Carb Keto)
- The Tim Ferris Show: Dom D’Agostino — The Power of the Ketogenic Diet
- The Beginner’s Guide to Intermittent Fasting
As a beginner, I would advice don’t put so hard on yourself, sometimes i eat normally when i am with my family or loved ones. Happy fasting!
Credit post from Perfectketo.com: Ketosis vs. Intermittent fasting
Love & Light,