Less is more, right? At least we seem to be heading in that direction - hybrid cars instead of gas guzzling Detroit chrome mountains that are impossible to park with the urban traffic congestion; small, nutrient dense meals in a Mason jar, instead of a plate the size of a toilet seat packed with enough food to feed a family of 5. And that's just the main course.
I started fasting as an attempt to jump start some spiritual evolution. It worked, and then recently I found out how to do it properly, and now it works even better. But the latest craze in Intermittent Fasting (I.F.) is not for everyone. I do it to experiment on my aging father-of-two body - I want to be as natural as possible as far as my hormones go, and I also want to remain as trim as possible with as much energy as is feasible outside of intravenous coffee. I've done the Warrior Diet (see the author Ori Hofmeklar) but that one meal a day doesn't fit into my parental schedule, and at dinner time we have baths and stories, so I have to dine and dash rather than chewing 30 times on each mouthful.
I've done the no-eating-one-day-per-week I.F. protocol, but that doesn't work with my schedule either.
What does work is the 17 hours sans food fast. And the bonus part about that is that your sleep time counts. Score. There are two options:
1. Eat your final meal of the day around 6 pm (let's say) and then don't eat again until 11 am or noon the following day. I know we've all head that skipping breakfast is bad for you, but pretty much everything we've heard is wrong at this point.
2. Eat your last meal at lunchtime, say, 1 pm. Skip dinner and then come 6 am you're good to go on a hearty breakfast. I prefer to skip breakfast, but they are equally beneficial.
The benefits are as follows:
- Normalize insulin, leptin and ghrelin sensitivity (leptin tells you when to stop eating and grhelin tells you when you're hungry.)
- Encourage your body to burn fat as fuel instead of sugar.
- Boost HGH or human growth hormone. This is rejuvenating, or at least slows down the aging process, and helps deal with injuries and aches and pains etc. It also helps burn adipose tissue (fat).
- Lowers triglycerides.
- Reduces oxidative stress, which stops protein mutations and RNA/DNA which effectively keeps us healthy.
- It's free.
You can't get much better than that, can you? Ready, steady.... fast! (But take your time...)