There have been queries about intermittent fasting from many of our readers. So, continuing with the Intermittent Fasting queries in this blog post today.
Those who haven’t read the blog post on intermittent fasting, here is the link.
What is intermittent fasting?
- Intermittent fasting is nothing but limiting the eating window to some hours in the day and not consuming anything post that till the next eating window starts.
- Suppose, you like to take breakfast and cannot carry forward your day without it. Your eating window would be
- 8 AM to 3 PM for 8/16 hours of Intermittent fasting if you are eating around 8 AM.
- It can also be 9 AM to 4 PM and can also be 10 AM to 5 PM and so forth.
- While deciding the eating window, it is always better to understand the body clock and it’s correlation with sunrise and sunset. A practice which many people from earlier generation have followed for all their lives. But in case you can’t hold onto the body clock due to your professional and other commitments it is perfectly fine. Your eating window also can be
- 12 Noon to 7 PM
- 1 PM to 8 PM
- 2 PM to 9 PM
- Post the eating window, you would not be able to eat anything, you can only consume water, coffee without milk and sugar, tea without milk and sugar.
What happens in Intermittent Fasting?
Whenever we eat food our body releases insulin to help all the cells convert it into sugar and thus energy is released. If this sugar or glucose isn’t used immediately, the insulin makes sure to store the excess fat in cells. When you are fasting, is not released and the body starts breaking down fat cells for energy which leads to weight loss.
What is the difference between Autophagy and Ketosis?
Autophagy is the process of cellular Self – Digestion (Source: Internet). It is a way of cleaning your system. Intermittent fasting triggers autophagy around 12-16 hours fast and the rate of which depletes after 2 days. It is also said that Autophagy is a reason for anti-ageing properties of Intermittent Fasting, but I would leave it up to your research about it. In India, people fast and there are many Yogis who have fasted most of their lives and are living at the age of 100+. Autophagy would be the major cause of their longevity in my opinion.
In the process of fasting, the body uses stored glycogen, which is followed by fat for energy. In Ketogenic diet, fat is broken down into fatty acids and ketones, this is called Ketosis and is a major concept when one needs to follow Keto Diet which is all rage now a day.
That is all for now, if you have any doubts, kindly comment.