All About Intermittent Fasting

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, Intermittent Fasting confers more and greater health benefits than can be attributed just to a reduction in caloric intake. Benefits include:

Improved insulin resistance, balancing of cholesterol levels, resolved hypertension, reduced inflammation, improved blood pressure and heart rate, triggering of DNA repair, increased efficacy of endurance training, abdominal fat loss promoted, slow (and in certain cases, even reversed) aging and disease processes.


But what is it?


So, carbohydrates and fats are the body’s two main options for powering cells. After meals, carbs are used for energy, and fats are stored in tissue. After 8 hours of fasting, which most of us do naturally while sleeping, fat stores are used to power our body’s cellular function. The liver converts fat into Ketones, (that’s where the term Keto comes from) which provides a major source of energy for many tissues, especially the brain. 


Routine flipping of the metabolic switch between using fats and carbs as energy (which is what we help you do on the KatyKeto program) not only has many benefits while it the fasting state,  but also has benefits that carry over to bolster your long term mental and physical performance, like increased lifetime disease resistance.


How KatyKeto Does It


Because going without extra fuel for 16 hours out of the gate can lead to fatigue and irritability, KatyKeto’s Matcha Latte gives you essential energy while keeping you in a fast-mimicking state. So you get all of the benefits of Intermittent Fasting, without the fallout. 


SKIN


One of the many benefits of fasting is a process called Autophagy. This is the body’s cellular repair mechanism. When your body is fasting it can focus on things other than metabolizing food. Cleaning up and repairing dead and damaged cells, including those in the different dermis layers, leads to healthier skin as a product of this autophagy process.


WEIGHTLOSS



The food we eat is broken down by enzymes in our gut and eventually ends up as molecules in our bloodstream. Carbs are quickly broken down into sugar, which our cells use for energy. But if our cells don’t use it all, we store it as fat in our fat cells. Between meals, as long as we don’t snack, our insulin levels go down and our fat cells can then release their stored fat, to be used as energy. We lose weight if we let our insulin levels go down. The entire idea of IF is to allow the insulin levels to go down far enough and for long enough that we burn off our fat.


IMMUNITY


A 2014 study from USC found that fasting lowered white blood cell counts, which in turn triggered the immune system to start producing new white blood cells. White blood cells (or lymphocytes) are a key component of your body’s immune system.  Fasting forces your body to recycle immune cells that are not needed. Once you start eating again, your stem cells kick back into high gear to replenish the cells that were recycled.

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