When we eat every system in the body is focused on digesting and breaking down food instead of healing, repair, and removing toxins. When you eat a good amount of blood goes to your stomach to aid digestion so its not helping repair muscles, tissues, ligaments, or joints. This can lead to higher inflammation levels. S-Adenosyl methionine (SAM-e) is a gene in your body is that is responsible for removing toxins. They’re like little trash man that float around your blood and get rid of any trash. But when you eat, your SAM-e focus on breaking down food instead of getting rid of toxins. So if you spend the majority of your time eatting and then digesting your food, your body doesn’t have the time or resources it needs to heal and repair.
When you practice intermittent fasting you don’t need to starve yourself. Instead, you simply skip a meal- or two or three depending on your goals -Mark Sisson.
There are many types of ways you can intermittent fast, but here are 3 types of ways depending on the level you are at. If you have never done it start with the beginning level and work your way up.
The 12 hour rule
This in my opinion is the easiest way to start intermittent fasting. From the time you ate dinner put a 12 hour gap until breakfast. If you last ate at 7 p.m don’t eat again until 7 a.m. This will give your body at least 12 hours to focus more on healing, repairing, and removing toxins.
The 16 hour rule
This is similiar to the first level, but a little more challenging becasue you don’t wake up and eat right away. If you last ate dinner at 6 p.m. You wouldn’t eat until 10 a.m the next day. This is usually how I intermittent fast becasue its very effective and very doable for anyone to do. The extra 4 hours really makes an amazing differents on your body. This level is something a lot of people add into their daily routine. They make it a daily thing to put 16 hours between dinner and breakfast.
Intermittent fasting at level 2 (16 hours) combined with morning exercise is one of the best combos you can do for your body
Tip: Find time in the morning to exercise while you are still intermittent fasting. This will increase your ability to burn more fat and build more muscles.
One meal a day
This is a harder thing to do, but I believe it’s important to add it into your routine at least a couple times a month. During the middle of the day between 1-3 eat a big healthy meal full of vegetables, healthy fats, and a clean protein source. Try doing this a couple times a month to really heal, repair, and cleanse your body.
36 hours and one meal
To really give your body a break from digesting food you can try the 36 hour window with only one meal. Have your last meal at 5 or 6 p.m. then don’t eat again until the following day at the same time. That is a complete 24 hour fast. After you eat that meal don’t eat the rest of the day and do a intermittent fast using the 12 hour window or 16 hour window. This gives your body a great way to recover and take a break from always digesting food.
You can and should still drink water during your intermittent fast. The whole goal is to avoid eating late and giving your body the best gap between dinner and breakfast.
Have a great day,