Having listened to people like Joe Rogan talk on his podcast about intermittent fasting and the benefits of it I felt the need to delve into it more firstly by reading more about the benefits and secondly be trying it on for size by doing a 4 day trial of 14 hour intermittent fasting with a 10 hour feeding window! I stopped eating at 8pm in the evening and started eating again he following day at 10am
So, what did I read about intermittent fasting?:
- It can help with concentration and mood
- It can help turn on the bodies abilities to use fat as fuel due to prolonged periods of no food
- Weight loss
- A reduction in insulin resistance
- There may be benefits to heart health although unconfirmed
- Human growth hormone levels may increase as much as 5 times helping burn fat and build muscle
- A reduction in inflammation in the body
- It helps rid the body of toxins due to a waste removal process called Autophagy
- Several studies have shown intermittent fasting may help the growth of new nerve cells which should have benefits to brain function
- Unconfirmed reports that it could help you live longer, studies with rats show that rats that fasted every other day had an increased lifespan of 83%, although very far from being proven in humans the various other confirmed benefits would make sense to longer living.
- So having now read all of these different benefits and many more I thought, what the hell! Let’s give it a go!
- Starting weight 11st 1lbs
- Starting bodyfat 15.1%
- At the end of my four days my weight actually went up a tiny 0.6lbs which is what I was hoping for and my bodyfat went down to 13% my abs are slowly becoming more defined and the only thing I changed was my eating window.
- I feel much sharper, the first night I struggled for sleep due to hunger and for some reason my mind being in overdrive, the following days this eased and I felt great throughout the day, I already feel a little sharper and more energetic too!
- All in all I would definitely advise trying some kind of intermittent fasting and see how it feels for you! 14 hours seems a reasonable way to go and feels like it’s going to be something I keep within my lifestyle.
- Have a great day!