Fasting has been around for all of human history. Although it was not always voluntary, in the modern age, it has been used for various reasons. It is used in virtually every major religion in the world, it was used by the great Greek philosophers for clarity of thought, and three of the most influential men in human history (Jesus Christ, Buddha, and the Prophet Muhammad) all believed in the power of fasting.
There are many benefits of fasting. It is good for cellular regeneration, weight loss, muscle preservation, insulin/blood sugar control and so much more! It's simple, free, convenient, powerful, flexible and can work no matter how you eat. If you go to our research tab you can get into the science behind it all.
Fasting puts you into 'starvation mode' - Nope.
We eat almost 1100 meals a year, skipping a few here and there will not tell your body you are starving. Evolutionarily, we fasted on and off through the year, some years more than others.
Fasting makes you burn muscle - Nah.
Study after study shows that not only is this not true, it is actually the opposite! When fasting, your body makes an effort to preserve more muscle than when you are in a fed state.
Fasting causes low blood sugar - Not usually.
The body tightly monitors blood sugar levels and there are multiple mechanisms to keep it in the proper range. During fating, our body breaks down glycogen in the liver to provide glucose. This happens every night as you FAST while you sleep. Once that process is depleted, the liver can produce new glucose through gluconeogenesis, using the glycerol that is a byproduct of the breakdown of fat. We truly do not need to eat glucose for blood glucose to remain normal.
Fasting results in over eating - Not really.
Studies show a slight increase in caloric intake (about 500 calories) after a 1 day fast, but if you consider the calories you didn't eat on your fasting day, there is still a net deficit of generally around 2,000 calories. Studies also show that as fasting frequency increases, compensatory overeating decreases, in addition to an overall appetite decrease, resulting in fewer daily calories long term.