Testosterone UP. Growth hormone UP. Gut DOWN.
WTF! Is this guy crazy? If I don’t eat, I will waste away! Yep, that was my initial view, then I watched a few YouTube videos by some great scientists who live in the real world, not a petri dish.
Dr Jason Fung, Cowboy Don Tolman and his son Tyler, Thomas DeLauer and the like, all rave about both intermittent (16 – 8) fasting, and also long term (72 hours+) fasting. Initially, I thought this was pure BS!!! But, always open to experiment, I gave it a go.
In ancient history, some of the most advanced civilisations knew the score. Fasting strengthens the body, fasting cures dis-ease, fasting resets the system. The body definitely knows best. It knows what it needs to do. It is the ultimate self-healing tool, if we only allow it to be.
When we feed the body, so much energy is used to assimilate what goes in our mouth. Energy is used to expel what we don’t need, and the toxins in the things we put in (or on ) our body.
So what the ancients knew, and what the folks above have found is this:
What if all the energy we use for die-gestion was freed up to allow the body to rest itself, and the energy is channelled for recovery, repair and replenishment?
What if we gave the body a break – so it can do what it needs to do to thrive?
I tried the 16 – 8 way of eating, and it’s amazing. Growth hormone levels maximised, fat burning maximised, insulin levels reset, cortisol supporting the body rather than hindering it. Fasted exercise training helping the process, stimulates the body to draw on adipose for fuel, not glycogen. All in all, a good way to live on a daily basis.
Don’t believe me – try it for yourself.
Have a cup of strong green tea on waking, a big glass of filtered water, and go about your day. Ideally have a gym session / walk / yoga or some form of movement, and then wait. Feel the hormones refresh!
Post midday: take in your daily quota of fresh organic living food, and around 8pm, STOP!!
See how you feel after a month. See how your pants feel, how your gym session goes, how you feel in general.
There are so many human studies that show not eating straight away post waking and post training, raises growth hormone (the eternal hormone) as well as testosterone. It’s also renowned for helping to reset insulin levels and the like, so why do we buy the lie of force feeding our body post-gym, or when we wake up? Just because the TV adverts tell us that breakfast is the key meal? What bullshit.
The longer you leave the body from waking without food, the better. I mean, who doesn’t want more growth hormone, less insulin (driving calories into your fat cells) and better use of cortisol?
The more fat you burn, the more benefit you get. The less insulin you have, the less fat you store, the less fat you have (especially around the belly), the more free testosterone you have.
It’s a really great cycle of life to enter into.
So as you can tell, I live the intermittent fasting life. It’s a daily process. And I feel amazing!
What is long term fasting?
The ancient civilisations knew that the body needs a little more rest. Now science is catching up – only proving to the sceptics what the ancients knew. If the body is able to use its energy for its own purpose, it can “clean up house”.
In layman’s terms, its now been proven that a 48 hour period without calories allows the body to enter a process of autophagy, where the body scavenges energy from dead or weak cells. Basically it seeks out the weakest cells, and processes them for energy. In the end, it’s all about energy. Like a great white shark in the ocean, it hunts out the weak, and cleans up the environment. It’s purpose is not diverted.
End result … we have a huge spring clean, every time we fast.
So what if one weekend per month, you chose not to eat? What if you allowed your great white shark body to clean up it’s ocean?
The ancients knew this worked. Science now shows they knew what they were doing. And is 72 hours out of a possible 744 hour month such a sacrifice to be able to reset your system?
Please don’t take my work for this – check out the work of Dr Jason Fung, Cowboy Don, and the others, but most of all, give it a go. If it works for you, do it, if not, don’t.
Remember, no one knows you better than you know yourself. But, if your life isn’t as good as it could be, experiment, and find out what’s really true for you.
And please, when you do, share it with us, and inspire others to start that journey for themselves
Shaun, co-founder of Be Spunki