How I learned about intermittent fasting
I have always known I have been overweight, no not overweight but obese, though I hated the very word, I still do hate it and hate the fact am still not yet off the hook. I have however found a working formula that without doubt has facilitated the loss of over 8 kgs in less than two months. I was introduced to intermittent fasting by people I believe cared enough to introduce me to the system without hurting my feelings by calling me fat.
I had always objected to such weight cutting measures that promise instant results, only to leave you plumpy, devastated and of course, broke. My interests were aroused when I witnessed a friend lose a whopping 10kg. It was a challenge that took me to the weighing scale, where a shocker awaited me. I was just a kg shy of hitting 100kgs and with my 164cm height, I sure as hell looked like “kijana mfupi, round.”
So What is Intermittent fasting?
I immediately decided I had to do all it took, to ensure that I dropped the excess fat that even threatened to close my eyes. I started researching and taking part in what I want to share with you, as well as walk and help you on the journey of intermittent fasting. Intermittent Fasting is a lifestyle and not an event. It is a formula that allows you to eat what you always eat and the quantity notwithstanding. You only need to adjust when to eat.
I will use basic language in explaining what we mean by intermittent fasting, as well as the justification or the science behind it. We, will, however, need to understand why we gain weight when we choose to eat and live unhealthy lives. When we eat food, the process of digestion and absorption of the food to body cells begins immediately and lasts for 4 to 8 hours.
But How Do We Gain Weight?
This process uses energy, but the food you eat also supplies energy to the body, and the excess energy is stored in form of fats, that are stored in body cells that make body tissues and organs, such as under our skin, at the heart, belly, etc. Any excess energy in the body is stored as fats which is a mechanism that is adopted by the body to help it in the period of starvation as the body burns down fat to produce energy.
After the body absorbs food, it rests for a period of another 4 hours. If the body has not received any other food, 12 hours after the last meal, the level of insulin in the body starts dropping, which initiates the process of burning down stored fats to produce energy that is required for the normal body functions. The breaking down of stored fats in the body to produce energy is what helps to reduce weight. Read more about weight loss
Why Intermittent fasting
The aim of intermittent fasting is, therefore, to ensure that after your last meal, you fast for a period of more than 12 hours, in order to enable the body reach the hours it would start on breaking down stored fats to produce energy. During this time, you are not supposed to eat nor drink anything apart from water.
Current research reveals that fasting beyond 24 hours allows one to enter a phase known as autophagy. It is a mechanism used by the body to clean out damaged cells with the aim of regenerating newer and healthier cells.
My next update will be on various forms of intermittent fasting, and what to eat, and not eat during the fasting period as well as during your eating window.