How to become a fat burning machine? What if I tell you that there is a scientifically proven way to improve your metabolism, put on lean muscle very fast and burn off fat very rapidly as compared to other people.
Intermittent Fasting affects your hormonal system. It is a diet that puts a lot of importance on your meal timings. The key point in IF is that you are not putting anything inside your body except for water or maybe something like black coffee or green tea, both of which do not contain any sugar. This way you create that 16 hour of fasting period and then the other 8 hours of the day you can eat. What do you eat? Ideally, you have to eat healthy.
Science Behind Intermittent Fasting
Let’s look at the science behind Intermittent fasting and see what actually happens when we fast for 16 hours and how our body responds to it.
Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is a hormone which is very high in people who are in their late teens or are young adults. Till the age of 21, the Human Growth Hormone levels in our body are very high and that is the reason why in young age we can consume a lot of calories by eating a lot of junk food and still get away with it. But life is not always so kind to us and as we grow older, the HGH levels in our bodies tend to drop.
So, I guess the simple answer to our ever so annoying weight gaining problems is to just increase the levels of HGH in our bodies right? But then we might wonder if it was that easy, then everybody would’ve been trying to increase their HGH levels and nobody would have been fat so there has to be some catch here. Well, there isn’t. increasing Human Growth Hormone is the answer to increasing our metabolism and intermittent fasting helps us in doing just that.
Under normal circumstances, HGH in our body is secreted in our blood streams at night when we are sleeping and every time we eat something, the food we consume suppresses the release of HGH. So basically all we have to do is to trick our body and make it prepare for a period of possible starvation and that is exactly what happens when we do not eat anything for 16 hours. Our body deals with this by releasing HGH to cope up with the lack of food.
How does Intermittent Fasting help you burn fat and put on lean muscle mass?
HGH signals to the body that if there is a lack of food, preserve as much fat as you can and save as much muscle possible. It has been scientifically proven that the more HGH you have in your body, the better your body can burn off fat. Also, when we restrict the time we have to consume food, in a way we stop ourselves from the possibility of eating too much. Think about the number of times you have binged on a late-night snack while watching a Netflix series. But with IF, the possibility of doing that is no longer there and hence you tend to reduce the number of calories you consume in a day.
There are multiple variations of IF. Some people practice the 18-6 hour cycle or the 14-10 hour cycle but the 16-8 hour cycle is the one which is followed the most around the world and 16 hours of fasting is also recommended by scientists in order to let the HGH in your body increase. I feel like this is a life changing diet and every human being should be aware about the scientific concept behind it. Give it a try and do let us know about your experience.