Author: Chelsea Dorsett, RD, LD
Intermittent Fasting is a simple concept but with far reaching effects and benefits. You own an inherent ability to be energy efficient and lean. Our caveman bodies have a built-in mechanism that allows us to go many hours and yes even days without food as a tool for survival. In today’s world with abundant food everywhere, Americans culture dictates that we overeat all day long. This practice of always having calories in your belly drives the inflammatory response as your body creates oxidative stress as it digests food.
When we don’t have food in our belly the body senses this and enters a “clean out” process called “autophagy” where it removes damaged cell parts thus making the cell more efficient and more energetic. This fasting process has been studied for decades and repeatedly shown to provide an array of benefits for our body. It may be the single best tool for restoring a youthful physiology yet many people have barely heard of it and only given sparse detail about the how’s and whys.
The following is a concise listing of changes that occur under intermittent fasting:
• Liver enzymes become more efficient at burning more fat.
• Weight loss is easier and regaining weight is very unlikely
• Energy: Steadier energy levels. No post lunch drop in energy.
• Blood sugar reduction, helps to reverse type 2 diabetes. Greater insulin sensitivity.
• Brain: better norepinephrine and dopamine production >> sharper thinking
• Heart: reduces inflammation, triglycerides and cholesterol
• Growth Hormone production increased thus slows the aging process
• More liberty in what you eat, more liberty for cheating
• Improves eating behavior and mood
Intermittent Fasting doesn’t necessarily mean reducing your caloric intake. We DO NOT endorse a calorie restricted diet. This process simply states that your normal caloric intake occurs within a shortened window of eating. Take your time with this process and don’t be critical of your success. Experiment with different time windows but ultimately you decide what works best for your schedule. If you’d like more information on HOW to implement this beneficial practice into your lifestyle, contact our registered dietitian Chelsea Dorsett and she will guide you on the next steps. If you want to hear more of the science behind it then check out Dr. Huber’s YouTube videos on our “Longevity” playlist.