“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”Matthew 6:16-18 NIV
“Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.”1 Corinthians 7:5 NIV
10 Reasons Why You Should Fast 12+ Hours Daily
- Promotes weight loss: Intermittent fasting can help you lose weight and reduce body fat by limiting calorie intake.
- Improves insulin sensitivity: Intermittent fasting can improve insulin sensitivity, which helps regulate blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
- Reduces inflammation: Intermittent fasting can help reduce inflammation in the body, which is associated with many chronic diseases.
- Boosts metabolism: Intermittent fasting can boost your metabolism, which helps burn calories and promote weight loss.
- Enhances brain function: Intermittent fasting has been shown to enhance cognitive function and improve brain health.
- Increases lifespan: Intermittent fasting has been shown to increase lifespan in several animal studies.
- Reduces the risk of heart disease: Intermittent fasting can improve heart health by reducing blood pressure, triglycerides, and cholesterol levels.
- Improves immune function: Intermittent fasting can improve immune function by reducing oxidative stress and inflammation.
- Enhances exercise performance: Intermittent fasting has been shown to improve exercise performance by increasing energy levels and fat burning.
- Easy to follow: Intermittent fasting is easy to follow and can be customized to fit your lifestyle and preferences.
- Fat loss
- Consistent energy
- Improved health
- Less inflammation
What happens when you fast…
- Starts increasing growth hormone after 12 hours
- Autophagy at 18 hours – start recycling old cells
- Liver glycogen is depleted at 24 hours
- At 48 hours, stem cell production increases
Why it Works
Our bodies work better when we experience prolonged periods without a glucose response. The higher your frequency of eating, the greater the chances you’ll overeat and gain weight.
What is allowed during a fast?
- Black Coffee
- Unsweetened Tea
Learn More About Fasting
Ghrelin is the hunger hormone – peaks during normal eating times but drops naturally. Ghrelin goes down the longer you fast.
Fasting primes the body to run on fats versus carbs.
Fasting will change your relationship with hunger which has advantages for other aspects of life. It’s also extremely effective for weight loss and longevity.
A fast of 16 hours will get your body running on fat and ketones. Eating throughout the day will gear your body to run on carbs.
Longer fasts are great for resetting cravings. The hardest part is the first 24 hours but afterwards you will no longer feel hungry and your energy and thinking will be clearer. It’s amazing!
You can enhance your fast by working out, lifting weights or doing cardio.
When you’re ready to start feasting, start with something healthy. Find a salad you love, paid it with a nice lean protein and a totilla or flatbread to get things going. In my opinion, it’s important to start your feast with the right intention by eating something nutritious and wholesome. This will give you some momentum and fill you up a bit. If you start eating more later
Not it’s not… Sleeping and waking up is 8-10 hours of the fast. All you need is an extra 6-8 tacked on between the night before and the morning.
Eat your last calorie by 10pm. Skip breakfast, eat a late lunch at 2pm and you can eat all day.
The Winning Formula -> “I no longer seek pleasure in food.”
What we love about food is that taste in our mouth that lasts for a few seconds. Once food moves into our throat, it does nothing for us. When you evaluate your feelings about food, encompass the entire experience, not just moments you’re tasting it. How does it make you feel after? Tired, disgusting, fat? If so, do you really love it? Is it serving you?
Imagine sitting in your stomach after a 16 hour fast. It’s clean and beautiful. Why would you want to fill it with junk?
Feed during day and fast during night
For best results, weigh yourself daily and throughout the day so you can get a sense for your progress.