Fasting is a popular dietary regime and has been known to mankind for hundreds of years if you date it back to the start of Ramadan. Admittedly other than for the religious celebration of Ramadan fasting is primarily used for as a regime for people to follow to help them achieve a certain goal. This could be in terms of weight, size, shape, body fat percentage and health complaints to name a few. This piece will give you a brief overview of what we’ve done in the past (albeit not much) and open the doors to some information on the different types of fasting regime.
The science is pretty self-explanatory; you spend less time eating so your body has less food to digest and use as energy. With less energy immediately available in your body because of the fasting regime, your chemical levels change and because of that, your body’s ability to use fat for energy is optimised. Before you know it you’re ‘running on fat’.
There are many different ways to fast, with a certain extreme fasting regime being as long as 15 days (the world record is over a year in case you were wondering – but we’re not here to talk about that). At GP we’ve spoken to you in the past about the 5:2 diet made up of two fasting days within the week where you take in 500 calories and the rest as normal days. This is probably our favourite because mentally it is easier to get through one day of fasting knowing that you can eat properly the next day, it makes the binge easier to resist.
Another popular way is intermittent fasting, which comes in various sub-formats if you will. This method basically looks at a period of the day where you can consume your meals – the golden window we’d call it! 4 or 8 hours are the most common options, consuming your daily meals in this time and otherwise fasting throughout the day. This fasting regime has an almost ‘testimonial’ from none other than Terry Crews, he has frequently spoken about intermittent fasting and has said it transformed him physically and mentally. That sounds like a transformation we’d all like to be a part of because of, let’s face it, the guy is in pretty good shape?!
Training isn’t an issue either, initially when you pick your fasting regime, you have to go carefully because a sudden drop in sugar levels can cause you to feel a little off your game, but after ‘acclimatising’ to the fasting regime you can train as normal with it. Like we said, your body will be working on fat so it’s a winner. Your main enemy is going to be hunger and a good amount of willpower will be key, but it is do able!
We hope this sheds some light on the topic, and we hope you liked it!