There are a few things that need to happen in order to produce muscle growth. You need to use significant load when lifting weights Enough time under tension to create structural damage to the muscle tissue Enough stimuli to up-regulate anabolic hormones and increase protein synthesis Proper recovery and workout nutrition Many people often think that if they lift as heavy as possible, or use as much volume (sets and reps) as possible they will […]
My clients and I have been having so much success implementing Intermittent Fasting (IF) into our lifestyles, I wanted to share three more great reasons why you should give it a try!
I also wanted to show you this link to an article on Mark’s Daily Apple. It is a testimonial from a chiropractor. It is a great story about someone in the health profession that tried everything from raw food diets to vegan eating. In the end, the paleo lifestyle combined with Lean Gains IF helped him become healthier than ever. It will make you want to switch from being a sugar-burner to a fat-burner!
1. Intermittent fasting is the fastest way to eliminate waste from the body and lower inflammation
Short term fasting actually helps you eliminate waste in your body and can speed up the healing process by lowering your inflammation levels. Metabolic inflammation is the inappropriate activation of your immune system, which can disrupt many of your body’s systems and can have severe effects on weight retention and weight gain. This is important because nearly half of Americans have metabolic inflammation without even knowing it.
2. Intermittent fasting helps unleash the power of growth hormone
This is the biggest benefit that you will give yourself when adopting an IF lifestyle. You increase your ability to stimulate your fat burning hormones in an optimal level. Here the biggest player is growth hormone.
Growth hormone is a protein-based hormone that is produced by the pituitary gland. It stimulates growth of cell reproduction and regeneration in humans and animals. GH is research-proven to be the best fat burning, anti-aging and muscle building hormone your body produces. Growth hormone incinerates your fat and denies fat cells from ever forming. Growth hormone helps you build muscle and helps make you look younger.
3. Intermittent fasting helps you never feel hungry again
The hormone Ghrelin is another very important piece of the fat loss puzzle. As we all have experienced, hunger is one of the hardest parts about eating correctly. Many people also experience irritability and mood swings if they don’t eat. Ghrelin also affects these feelings. Every time Ghrelin is secreted in your body it creates a hunger response. The more times you delay your hunger response you train your body to handle the hunger inducing the effects of Ghrelin.
Increased production of Ghrelin also means you increase more growth hormone in your body as well. The more you are able to delay your hunger response and incorporate periods of short term fasting into your lifestyle, the more growth hormone and Ghrelin we’ll have pumping in our bodies.
This would explain why I was always hungry during my bodybuilding contest prep. I was eating 7-9 times a day and was still hungry! Yes, I said I was eating 7-9 times a day and never was satisfied. Now I only eat three times a day in an 8 hour period and I never feel deprived our hungry!
If you have not tried IF yet, you need to take a stab at it for 28 days and see what happens. Your body and mind may thank you.