Does Fasting Work?

Does Fasting Work?

Fasting is all the rage in today’s era of desired weight loss. We have reached the point where people are noticing more and more that the average weight of the human race is increases as the years go by. Many people attempt to combat weight gain with fasting of various kinds. In this article, we will discuss two different supposed uses for fasting and why they don’t work for long!

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Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is the idea of fasting on and off long term. It may be that you fast for 16 hours of the day and eat only during 8; or it may be that you fast for a full day and eat normally the following day. Unfortunately, neither of these fasting plans work!  When you fast for 16 hours, you may lose 50 grams or so of weight, however, during the 8 where you begin eating gain, you will gain as much or more back! In the same way if you fast for a full day, whatever weight you may have lost over the twenty four hours will be returned to you in full the following day when you eat again. The reason for this is simple. When you deprive your body of food, it goes into starvation mode. When it does this, the body will use the fat and protein stored within it as fuel. However, when you introduce food back into your system, you are still in starvation mode. Another aspect of starvation mode is that your body will absorb any and all fat content of the foods you eat, in an attempt to combat your supposed starvation! So you see, by refusing to fuel your body with the nutrients it requires, you are in fact forcing it to store extra fat. This is why intermittent fasting doesn’t work!

Detoxification

fastingMany people also choose to fast for a few days or even a week in an attempt to remove the toxins from your body. What these people are likely unaware of, is that the toxins in your body are there because of the things you’re eating! Well, yes, they probably know that, but not this next part! The body itself already has a detoxification system! This system functions perfectly so long as you eat the right foods! If you eat the correct foods, your body’s internal detoxification system will keep your whole body clean at all times. However, if you are putting high calorie and fatty foods into your system, then it doesn’t matter if you fast to detoxify it as you will simply ingest those toxins again as soon as you begin eating!

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Find a Healthy Diet

So instead of trying to starve your body, all you need to do is find a healthy diet to follow! As long as you are eating nutritious foods high in protein, with little or no negative fats and carbs, you won’t need to fast at all! Fasting is not wrong, or necessarily bad for you; however, fasting is also not an answer to weight gain!

The Paleo Diet

The Paleo Diet

The Paleo Diet has been gaining much traction in the healthy living and gym-rat’s world today. The simple idea of this diet is that it is simply allowing us humans to revert back to our past habits of eating. However, when I talk about the past, this means all the way back to the cavemen period, during the neolithic era, where all we would eat was meat and some vegetables. Basically, anything that our cavemen ancestors could hunt and find. This means that we cannot eat any more processed foods, such as cereal or pasta. Instead, replace these with leaves, nuts, fish, seeds and meat.

Grains are Bad for You

With the Paleo diet, it is purportedly so healthy that one can stop counting the calories that they take in everyday. In the past, grains were not part of our diet at all, and actually are one of the main reasons why we are all accumulating so much fat. Grains are carbohydrates that are turned into glucose in our body, which are stored as fat if we do not use them. In the video below, I will show you how this is possible.

Grains also contain things such as gluten and lectin, which can cause damage to humans who are either gluten intolerant, and lectins are actually poisonous and harmful to our bodies.

Our bodies in the past are very used to having lesser than the required carbohydrates to generate energy for our bodies, and when there are not enough carbohydrates, our bodies take fat that is stored in us and burn that during ketogenesis. Therefore, the general notion is that eating less carbs means more fat will be burnt.

Instead of obtaining carbohydrates from processed foods and grains, one can gain them from more natural sources, such as vegetables, potatoes and also fruits. Vegetables are very nutritious and it is hard to get fat from eating them.

What about dairy products?

Champions of the Paleo diet tell us to avoid dairy products as there are lots of fat in most dairy and milk products. They say that this is because after infancy, no one is supposed to drink milk after that. Our bodies are purportedly not designed for dairy or milk intake after our infancy stages.

So What can we eat?

Meat

The meat that we take must be taken from sources that are naturally fed. These meats cannot be from grain fed sources, but from grass fed sources. Animals that eat grains also are privy to the same difficulties in digesting them, like humans. Similarly, we can eat meats such as chicken, turkey, and any other meats from birds that have wings (and attempt to fly with them). Fish are also a great source of meat and protein, as long as we avoid farmed fish which may have high concentrations of mercury and other sorts of toxins.

Oils

The oils that we take must also be natural. Some sources of this include olive oil, coconut oil and vegetable oil. Try to avoid animal oils as these types of oils may not be healthy for you.

Fruits and Nuts

Fruits have high natural sugars and are a great fit for us in the Paleo diet. Nuts are also high in calories, except these calories are much healthier and are great for us as snacks. We should restrain from eating too much of these though, as we can still get fat from eating them.

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Daily Exercises for a Healthy Lifestyle

Daily Exercises for a Healthy Lifestyle

Not many people do realise it, but the heart is a muscle that gets stronger and healthier by you training it and growing it, leading a healthy life. Many of us today ignore this and instead adopt very sedentary lives. As a result, our bodies get more and more out of shape and when it is finally too late, we realise that we put on a few too many pounds on ourselves. I recall my own experience of seeing myself put on 5 KG of weight over 1 year, after the year of sedentary living as well as drinking too much alcohol every week. Furthermore, this was enhanced by attending events with too many delicious catered buffet spreads every week.

Our diet and exercise

While we have already spoken about the beneficial foods that you can eat to lose weight, proper diets must be accentuated with a proper lifestyle for you to see better results. It is often hard to start exercising, but perhaps even starting with brisk walking for 30 minutes a day helps and counts as starting daily exercise. It is proven via research that people who exercise daily have half the risk of heart disease and other related diseases.

How to start exercising

From this article, we seek to highlight various types of exercise you can do every day to help you feel healthier everyday and lose more weight. However, before we start, it is important to first get some motivation for you to lose weight and start exercising. It is good to first start by visualising what you are going to do for exercise, and how fit you would like to be. If you are looking forward to having a ripped set of abs for your body, visualise it and imagine what you do will help you work towards it.

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Also, it helps to look at your exercise as something fun you do everyday, rather than a chore. No one likes to be forced to do things, and if you can train your brain to look at daily exercise as something to look forward to, it will definitely help you with keeping to your daily or weekly exercise routine.

Your actual exercise plan

Stretching

I would say that stretching is one of the most important components of your exercise. Firstly, stretching loosens your muscles and causes you to be more flexible. It reduces the chance for cramps and allows you to strain your body more during your exercise. Also, it prevents your muscles from aching too much and allows you to prepare for the next day of work, and if you feel like it, more exercise.

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Aerobic Exercise ‘Cardio’

In your daily or weekly exercise plan, remember to include a significant amount of aerobic exercise, or some people term it as ‘cardio’. Some examples of this include jogging, running and even cycling. Many gyms have their own machines that help you do this, but if you prefer the great outdoors, fresh air is always good to have with your exercise.

Strength Training

Strength training is an important part of most exercise routines as well, and it does help to channel the fat that you want to reduce into muscle, which is more useful for you. If you do not have a gym yourself, you can buy a few dumbbells to put at home for your exercise. Remember to pick a set of dumbbells that are of a suitable weight for you, so that you do not hurt yourself.