1. Intermittent Fasting Leads to Increased fat loss
It’s a no-brainer, really. When you fast for a longer period, your body reaches deep into the pockets of body fat and glycogen to get the fuel needed to keep you alive and functioning properly. Since the calories from the last meal you’ve ingested are long gone, the body has to burn stored fat in order to support your energy needs.
Add some weightlifting at the end of the fasting session and you’ve successfully doubled your daily fat loss, while keeping your muscle mass intact.
2. Intermittent Fasting Improves hormonal balance
Fasting influences every major body process, including the release of hormones. As you already know, the levels of the growth hormone, the magic chemical that helps in the building and rebuilding of muscles, get significantly increased during sleep. That’s why we keep repeating that rest is crucial for big gains. With prolonged fasting all through the morning and early afternoon, the production of growth hormone keeps being stimulated, providing you with better recovery and greater gains.
Furthermore, fasting increases the production of the anti-inflammatory kind of cytokines, which are associated with improved insulin sensitivity, decreased fat storage and improved muscle regeneration. At the same time, it stimulates the release of a hormone called leptin as well – you may have heard of bodybuilders taking synthetic versions of leptin to speed up fat loss before competitions.
Leptin plays a crucial role in controlling hunger and feelings of satiety, as well as regulating the metabolism and the size of fat cells. In other words, the release of leptin from the fat tissue signals the brain that you’ve eaten enough – the more of it you have, the faster your metabolism and the greater your control over food cravings will become, leading to an increased burning of fat.
And the best natural way to increase your leptin production is by adequately long periods of fasting. If you fast for too long and/or already have a really low percentage of body fat, the levels of leptin will become suppressed.
3. Enhanced detox and regeneration
The last but not least cool fasting-enhanced process worth mentioning here is cellular autophagy – a physiological process in the body that deals with destruction of damaged cells and stimulating new cell formation, which is really important for flushing out damaged organelles, pathogens, non-functional proteins and toxins, supporting tissue regeneration and preserving lean mass.
With the help of autophagy cells give themselves a nice spring cleaning and get ready to work more efficiently, thus protecting your overall health and enhancing performance.
Implementing intermittent fasting into your current lifestyle might take some time, patience and practice, but we assure you it’s totally worth your while. Once you get the hang of it and push your body to switch to fat-burning mode, it will get a lot easier. You’ll burn fat faster while increasing strength and lean mass, and on top of that you’ll feel refreshed and brand new.
Start fasting while regularly pounding those weights and you’ll get dudes approaching you to find out the secret to your insane progress in no time.