We told you all about intermittent fasting and how to do it in part 1, but we thought we’d add an extra part about this eating plan and healthy living for general wellbeing and for strength athletes.
Therapeutic benefits of intermittent fasting
- Protects your brain: intermittent fasting encourages and speeds up the production of the brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which makes neurons more resistant to dysfunction and degeneration. Ultimately, this kind of eating plan will help your brain stay in tip-top shape, and slow down its degeneration.
- Intermittent Fasting slows ageing: this way of life mimics caloric restriction, which is the most effective way we know of to increase lifespan. When you fast, it gives your cells some time to detox and recycle, so your body can slow down the ageing process and even help prevent age-related diseases.
Intermittent fasting for strength athletes
Many people think that the boets who lift don’t need to pay attention to what they eat – that it’s just pasta and protein for daaaays, bru – but it’s about time this perception was dispelled. We’re not saying that intermittent fasting is THE ultimate diet for heavy lifters, but it certainly yields many benefits:
- Increases in the Human Growth Hormone (HGH): during intermittent fasting, HGH has shown to increase as much as five times over. This hormone is produced by the pituitary gland, and increases glucose levels, and is therefore suppressed during feeding. Fasting is a great stimulus for secretion of HGH. This particular hormone is important for athletes due to its anabolic effect and its ability to help muscles recover quickly.
- Induces cellular repair (also called autophagocytosis): During a period of fasting, the body induces processes that are vital to cellular repair. Fasting helps the removal of waste material from cells. A study done by Cell Stem Cell shows that fasting actually shifts stem cells from a dormant state to a state of self-generation. These cells are also regenerated in the immune system.
- Reduces inflammation: inflammation in the body is the leading cause of so many illnesses. Fasting helps reduce oxidative stress, along with preventing and fighting inflammation in the body.
- Facilitating weight loss: intermittent fasting has been proven to aid weight loss in individuals. This is because of the change in hormone levels which facilitates weight loss. In addition to lower insulin and increased HGH, intermittent fasting increases the release of the fat burning hormone norepinephrine. Additionally, studies have shown that short-term fasting may increase the metabolic rate by 3.6-14%. These same studies have shown that people lost 4-7% of their waist circumference, resulting in a reduction of harmful belly fat that builds up around the organs and causes diseases.
Physical IQ has an in-house dietician who will be able to give you more guidance if you need it. Otherwise, get in contact with us if you are interested in the benefits of learning with us through theory and physical training.