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I did this video because I want to talk a little bit about something I do from time to time, and that’s intermittent fasting.
We’ve all heard the school of thought that we need to eat every two hours. The reason behind that thought process is that we want to keep glucose levels higher, keep amino acid levels and nitrogen balance higher so that we don’t catabolize and break down muscle tissue… So we’re always eating.
The general idea behind intermittent fasting (or what most people think) is that by reducing the calorie intake, glycogen stores in muscles, glucose levels… You’re allowing your body to start tapping into fat stores more efficiently.
That does make sense… but only for a short amount of time. Your body isn’t just gonna magically start breaking down fat tissue. A lot of times, it might start breaking down muscle tissue and protein through a process called gluconeogenesis.
So it’s not magic… You stop eating and your body starts burning fat… Otherwise you’d have a lot more people walking around that are ripped, because a lot of us simply don’t eat.
Basically the benefit of intermittent fasting more so comes from the secretion of human growth hormone. I wanna focus this video mostly on that HGH secretion because that is such a big component.
There are a multitude of different reasons why intermittent fasting is great, and why it’s great to do from TIME TO TIME.
So here we go:
HGH is secreted by the pituitary gland (a gland in the brain) which handles many of your master functions… and a lot to do with recovery or cell growth or cell regeneration… or muscle growth.
Unfortunately those levels naturally decline as we age, so if we have higher levels of HGH, it’s only natural that we would have higher levels of lean body mass and lower levels of body fat. They’re clinically associated with each other.
Hormones vary with their secretion throughout the day. They surge and spike, but if we eat to manipulate that, we can really progress. Our growth hormone levels are at their highest first thing in the morning. …Because we’ve been fasting. We haven’t been flooding our body with food, or glucose.
So the body secretes HGH to preserve body weight… but once we eat breakfast, the growth hormone levels start to drop. If we start fasting, we can extend growth hormone secretion, which allows us to build a little more muscle and get a little leaner. The caveat is that the calorie intake isn’t there to support muscle growth, so we have to time it perfectly.
That’s where we get into the two different types of fasting…The first one is called a full day fast – SO you would pick one day out of the week that you’re going to fast for the entire day… 24 hours. This has a lot of positive effects in the way of cellular inflammation. It gives your digestive system a break. It’s not the best if you’re trying to build TONS of muscle, but i’ts great to stimulate recovery, keep your body healthy, give your digestive system a break and allow the body to just relax.
The other benefit is a full 24 hour period of extra growth hormone secretion. So if you’re trying to stay ripped, lean, or achieve a little bit of weight loss… This is the perfect plan for you.
The other method is called a daily fast – that you’ve likely heard of already. You’ll fast for 16-18 hours and then binge for 6-8. Try to eat the right kind of foods of course… But do it every day.
This daily fast allows you to capitalize more on insulin levels. You’ll reduce your caloric intake to nothing for 16 hours…. go to the gym at the end of your fasting period, break your fast with your post workout meal, and eat for a few hours. So you capitalize on a little bit of the elevated HGH, but also a high level of insulin sensitivity which means when you DO eat, your body will latch on to what your eating, absorb it, and allow you to recover better.
But at the end of the day, people find that when they do a fasting program, they get results because they can stick to the program better. Meal prep is a lot easier. You’re not constantly worrying about food. When it gets down to the wire and you’re trying to get the last percent of fat off, it’s not going to be the best way to go.
So there you have it, if you want to still be able to enjoy your life a little bit but still keep your HGH high and keep muscle on… Then this might be one of the best methods for you.
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