I tried Intermittent Fasting for 30 days…not just a weight loss tool

So about a month ago I faced kind of a dilemma. Let me pain you a picture of what’s going
on. It’s twelve o clock, afternoon. Lunch time and you’re hungry. So you fire up the old stove and throw something
delicious on. You’re sitting there cooking, adding spices,
and you take in the aroma. Then you proceed to keel over and drop to
your knees, sick to your stomach. Does this sound weird to you? So after deliberating over it for about a
month I sought the help of a professional. and to spare you the details I was having
gut health issues. In fact, to put it bluntly my gut was in crisis
mode. So what was recommended to me was to try intermittent
fasting. What exactly is intermittent fasting? It’s
not a diet but a pattern. Rather than changing what you eat you change
when you eat. On an average 24 hour day we eat from the
time we are awake to the time we go to sleep. With 8 hours that gives us a fasting window
of 8. Intermittent fasting attempts to shrink our
eating window and grow the fasting window. There are several different ratios of eating
to fasting, but the most common is a simple reversal of the ratio we are used to. So how exactly can increasing out window help
us? Well among several benefits of fasting, such
as improved metabolism, boosted immune system, and weight loss. The why of the equation comes down to digestion. Food takes approximately 6-8 hours to digest,
and the average person eats every 4-5 hours. Wait a minute, why would we want to shrink
our eating window if we are already eating too frequently? Well, the body has two reactionary nervous
systems. Most people have heard of the Sympathetic
nervous system before, or as it is more commonly known, the fight or flight response. The second system, the parasympathetic nervous
system or rest and digest response is less known of the two. While the fight or flight response is responsible
for action and decision making, the rest and digest response is much slower and controls
the homeostatic balance of the bodies systems. It restores the body and repairs it. It is in this state that digestive enzymes
are released. So as it turns out, over feeding actually
stimulates the sympathetic nervous system. So when we eat too frequently we disrupt the
parasympathetic system and cannot rest and digest properly. Well now it makes sense why I was prescribed
intermittent fasting. For my personal experience I went with the common
16:8 ratio of fasting. Most people choose to eat in the window of
1-9 pm However this window was not going to work for me, because for those who don’t know I’m
in bed by 8 and up by 5. Being awake for 8 hours without food
SUCKS. So I opted for an 8-4 window. Another variable you should plan your fast around is workouts. There are many worlds of thoughts surrounding
fasted workouts but the basics from what I picked up was that it is okay to work out
on empty as long as you refuel afterwards. If not we run the risk of entering a catabolic
state. When we go catabolic our bodies begin to break
down muscle mass to use as energy. So with over a month of intermittent fasting
under my belt, I can say that my gut is no longer in peril and I am on the road to recovery. The purpose of this video was really to help
inform people about intermittent fasting, because if you were like me then you have
probably heard of it and seen it before but written it off as only a weight loss tool. I was really surprised at the digestive aspects
of it and you know why it works. Thanks so much for checking out this weeks
video Hopefully you learned something, maybe you’re inspired to give intermittent fasting
a shot. If you’d like to see more content like this
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