Isn’t it the same thing? Hardly.
I received an email last night from a woman who was concerned about my health and the health of my audience. She said that she had previously been in a calorie deficit for so long and fasting at that point probably would have resulted in disaster.
The whole goal of my account is and has always been to give genuine information on health and nutrition while empowering individuals to lead healthier lives.
Everyone is looking for a quick fix, which means there are so many people out there who have completely slashed their calories in hopes to lose weight or regain their health.
Caloric reduction is not sustainable.
Changing and adapting new eating habits is sustainable.
This all comes down to hormones.
I want to be clear – water fasting is not sustainable. This is something that people do for a short period of time to aid in the body’s natural detoxification process.
Let’s remember that fasting isn’t a new craze – it’s been around for centuries, and certain cultures will likely continue this practice for many centuries to come.
Totally healthy for most people, but it’s also not appropriate for everyone.
The less body fat you have, the shorter your fast should be if you decide to do one. If you do not have enough fat for your body to use as fuel, your body will eat into your muscle (which is not ideal as it will slow your metabolism)
The more body fat you have, the longer you will be able to do it.
The more toxic your body is, the more intense your discomfort will be. This means, you might want to ease your body into fasting with a shorter fast.
This post isn’t about water fasting (read previous blog if you want to learn more about water-fasting)
This post is about sustainability.
What is sustainable? Intermittent Fasting.
Intermittent fasting triggers numerous hormonal adaptations that do not happen with basic caloric reduction/constant intake of food.
I cannot stress how important maintaining your basal metabolic rate is when it comes to sustainable weight loss.
Slashing your calories in half will inevitably result in the fall of your basal metabolic rate. This means you will be burning less calories at rest. Binge eating is also more prevalent with caloric reduction.
When done correctly, not only does intermittent fasting result in increased HGH (which can help you gain/retain lean mass), but it also results in an increase in noradrenalin – which allows your metabolism to stay up.
Insulin is another huge factor. If you’re constantly feeding yourself the standard American diet, rich in carbohydrates (even if it is a reduced intake) – insulin is constantly up (fat storing hormone).
By intermittent fasting, there are extended periods of time where there are low levels of insulin circulating within the body (which means glucagon is up, fat burning hormone).
For some – fasting sounds extreme, but I want to encourage you to use your common sense. For hundreds of thousands of years, our bodies’ have been designed to adapt to changing environments.
The whole reason we have fat is to use as energy or to store it for later use. Most people never tap into their fat stores because they are constantly eating.
Change your eating habits to allow you to eat smarter, not less. Focus on hormonal health and sustainable weight loss.