Many people cope with stress by eating, and intermittent fasting is a solution to break that terrible habit. Thus, in this Expert Insight Interview, Laurie Lewis discusses the benefits of intermittent fasting. Laurie Lewis is the owner at Fast Forward company, author, personal coach, and program leader in intermittent fasting.
The interview discusses:
- What is intermittent fasting?
- Embracing the intermittent fasting lifestyle
- How fasting affects your body?
Intermittent fasting is a pattern of fasting hours and eating window hours. Even though it sounds scary and hard to envision, it is easy to execute. Our bodies need less food than we think, and intermittent fasting helps us start feeling better immediately. It is a very individual process, but the majority of people choose 12-hour shifts to start. That means 12 hours of fasting and then 12 hours when you can eat. Another popular option is to fast 16 hours with eight hours eating window. Many high performers even eat only one meal per day, but they spread it into four hours by eating in parts.
Lifestyle to Embrace
When we do not eat for a longer time, we usually tend to overeat later. However, after doing intermittent fasting for some time, your body tells you when it is enough. When you are in a fasted state, you feel sustainably more focused, productive, energetic, and clear-headed. That is because, after a while, you stop being a sugar burner and start being a fat burner. It is a lifestyle that you decide to embrace and not a “thing” to try. Fasting is a healing repair that comes naturally to us as human beings. Thus, it makes us feel better when doing it.
By not eating anything flavored during fasting hours, we keep our insulin levels low, and we tap into using fat for fuel. It takes around two to six weeks for people to adapt, depending on their health, diet, and other factors. However, when healing starts, every cell in the body restores. There are three processes related to intermittent fasting. The first one is ketosis, in which ketones fuel our brains instead of sugars. The second process, autophagy, is the deep cellular repair that happens alongside fat burning. And the third process is a thousand percent increase in the HGH, human growth hormone, during the fasted state.
Furthermore, exercising during fasted state brings even more benefits to our bodies. However, exercising in a fasted state requires small steps. Start slowly so that your body can adjust to use its fuel when working out instead of using the food that you ate just before the workout. Once you adapt to it, you will see that your strength, speed, and pleasure to work out in a fasted state increases.
John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.