Nowadays, intermittent fasting is gaining a lot of popularity when it comes to losing weight. However, have you ever considered as to what happens when you fast? Do not worry as we have already taken care of this information for you.
No matter for what religious or dietary reason you fast, here is what happens to your body.
The first few hours of the fasting are basically normal. The body is going through the normal process of breaking down sugar into glucose form to storage as a reservoir for energy. 25 percent of this glucose is transmitted to brain functions while the rest is delivered to the red blood cells and muscles to work normally.
After 5 to 6 hours of the fasting, the body reaches the stage of Ketosis; a metabolic state in which the energy levels in a person’s body is maintained via ketone bodies in a person’s bloodstream. This process is also the one in which fat is broken down because the fat results into ketone bodies.
This is the stage in which the weight loss truly happens and is best for the people who are looking to lose weight. The stage can also be achieved via Ketogenic Diet that includes high fat and low carb diet.
Cholesterol and uric acid clean-up
During the stage of Ketosis, many other functions also start to take place and one is the bodily detoxification by cholesterol and uric acid. The cholesterol and uric acid are transferred into the bloodstream that starts to detoxify the body.
Many people during his stage suffer from following symptoms.
- Skin rash
- Muscle pain
- Joint aches
Near the end of this stage, the pain gradually decreases while the blood pressure drops down.
Resting of the digestive system
Due to fasting, the food intake in your body has been reduced, so the digestive system will be able to rest for a short while. However keep in mind, the digestive system is always working unless the intermittent fasting is for a prolonged period of time.
After 6 to 8 hours of fasting, people will start feeling hungry which can be an overwhelming feeling. It triggers a series of following emotions.
These emotions are only a hurdle in way of your healthy lifestyle so you must counter them with resolve. Instead of letting them take over, meditate or concentrate on anything else to take your mind off of hunger.
The benefits of fasting
To conclude our article, we will now list a few of the several main benefits of fasting that are helpful in improving a person’s overall health.
- A perfect way to control your weight or even for a weight loss program
- A great way to normalize the insulin sensitivity which ultimately can prevent the body against Type 2 Diabetes.
- Normalizes Ghrelin levels that help a person to discipline their hunger
- Lowes down the Triglyceride levels that can also reduce the risk of cardiac diseases.
- Slows down the aging process.
- Helps with skin conditions.
- Help normalizes the digestive system and its functions.