Fasting for the WIN

Oct 24, 2023

 by Brian Saunders

Fasting can have various beneficial effects on the body, both short-term and long-term, depending on the duration and type of fasting. Here's an overview of what fasting does to your body:

  1. Short-Term Effects (During Fasting):

    • Decreased Blood Sugar: When you fast, especially during the initial hours, your blood sugar levels drop as your body depletes its glucose stores. This can lead to feelings of hunger, irritability, and fatigue.

    • Increased Fat Utilization: As your blood sugar drops, your body begins to use stored fat for energy. This is why fasting is often associated with weight loss.

    • Improved Insulin Sensitivity: Intermittent fasting, in particular, can improve insulin sensitivity, helping regulate blood sugar levels over time.

    • Autophagy: Fasting triggers a process called autophagy, where your body cleans out damaged cells and regenerates new ones. This can have potential health benefits.

    • Release of Ketones: After an extended period of fasting (usually 12-24 hours), your liver begins to produce ketones, which can be used as an alternative fuel source for the brain and muscles.

    • Reduction in Inflammation: Fasting can reduce markers of inflammation in the body, which may be beneficial for certain chronic conditions


      2. Long-Term Effects (After Consistent Fasting):

      • Weight Loss: Fasting can lead to weight loss by creating a calorie deficit. The body burns stored fat for energy when there's a lack of incoming calories.

      • Improved Metabolism: Some research suggests that intermittent fasting can help regulate metabolism and support weight management.

      • Cardiovascular Health: Fasting can contribute to lower blood pressure and reduced risk factors for heart disease, though individual responses may vary.

      • Cellular Health: As mentioned earlier, autophagy promoted by fasting can improve cellular health and may have a positive impact on aging and certain diseases.

      • Hormonal Changes: Fasting can affect hormones like insulin, ghrelin, and leptin, which control hunger and appetite. This may help with weight management.

      • Mental Clarity: Some people report increased mental clarity and focus during fasting, likely due to the production of ketones.