I just recently came back from a holiday in Thailand – it was just what I needed to recharge. Sun, sea, and lots of time just laying on the beach. I will admit there were too many sunset cocktails and we ate out every day, so that adds up.
Since I touched down, I've been fasting, but it's a different kind of fast. I thought I'd share the benefits and the difference with this fast compared to others like intermittent fasting.
Firstly, intermittent fasting is either a full or half-day fast, daily or multiple times per week.
Prolonged fasting (what I'm doing) is longer but it's calorie restricted. This means I can still eat small meals and activate the same response and benefits in the body as 4-day water fast.
And the benefits are incredible……
Fasting was part of our evolution. In our hunter-gather days due to food scarcity, it was part of our normal diet. Religion sustained fasting in our lives afterward.
But in the last 50 years, fasting has been replaced by uninterrupted daily food intake and it's making us sick, overweight, and prone to early aging and age-related diseases.
The benefits of prolonged fasting:
Weight loss: Yes, it does stimulate fat burning esp around the abdomen and liver but don't just focus on ‘weight loss'. The power of prolonged fast offers so much more.
Healing: Fasting turns on a ‘switch' inside the body that awakens the natural healing response. Once activated, it continues even after the fasting period.
Autophagy: It stimulates ‘autophagy', the process of cleaning up damaged cells and producing energy – an internal house clean. Autophagy diminishes as we age and contributes to the aging process. Think of results like anti-aging, cancer protection, improving mitochondria (energy-producing cells), and protection against age-related disease.
Stem-cells: Leads to cellular regeneration. It activates stems cells that continue to work on organ and system regeneration even after the fast – once you return to normal eating.
This is why I say it's like ‘turning a switch in the body, which once activated, will continue to improve metabolic health, longevity, and anti-aging.
I love it for the long-term benefits it activates in the body, and changes our relationship with food, constant eating, distraction, and mindless eating.
Our Peak Revival program guides clients 1:1 through this process as it needs to be monitored. We also use continuous glucose monitoring to ensure the body is burning body fat for fuel. We address fatigue/ burnout prior to commencing a fast.
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