It also found that rats brought up on intermittent fasting had less body fat than others. But why has this discovery never been endorsed to society sooner? One simple reason is that intermittent fasting is bad for business. Big food corporations lose a lot of money when people fast, specifically when they do not eat breakfast. Another interesting research began studying the effects on people during the Islamic Holy Month of Ramadan, where Muslims refrain from eating from sunrise until sunset. Scientists initially believed that this shift from eating throughout the day to restricting the window eating to only a few hours would cause catastrophic health problems. Their hypothesis was that people would get fat and ill from gorging without portion control, however the results proved the opposite. People on intermittent fasting were losing fat, keeping muscle, reducing the risk of high blood pressure, heart diseases and diabetes without any special foods. Think about any other approach that brings this kind of drastic results and is easy to implement? All one has to do is to skip breakfast,simple.
Intermittent fasting is not a diet, unlike the many hyped diets, it does not restrict calories. You will only restrict the time you eat throughout the day, typically to hours. It is really that simple. If you eat your last meal around 8pm and skip breakfast the next
morning to have your first meal around noon, you would have successfully fasted for 16 hours leaving you with an eight-hour eating window. You can if you wish, within this eight-hour eating window eat two to three meals. You may ask, what about six small meals a day, to keep metabolism high and avoid starvation mode? Well, if you eat 2,000 calories six meals compared to eating one huge meal of 2,000 calories, you will still burn the same 2,000 calories. If you keep eating six more meals a day, your chances of burning fat reduces because your body will get its energy from glycogen storage and blood sugar while keeping fat reserves intact and unused. Glycogen and blood sugar will become depleted first after six to eight hours without eating. Once you wake up and have breakfast, you
will restore that depletion and by eating every two to three hours, you will never allow fat storage to be used as energy.
Starvation mode does exist but does not come into play until 72 to 96 hours after your last meal which is three to four days. The reason for this comes back to our ancestors; they had to hunt and gather food in order to survive. This would often take several days for
them to achieve. As humans, we are meant to alternate between fasting and feasting; between going for long periods without food and then to eating huge amounts of food in a short time. It is only very recently in our long history that humans have access to food all hours around the clock. Unfortunately, this is also one of the reasons so many people are sick and obese.