Dr. Matthew McAlees shares insights on the power of fasting and how you can incorporate these techniques into your diet plan to get into ketosis faster and more.
The Benefits of Fasting
Did I just say fasting? Yes, I did. You might have already started to tune me out and that's because you're likely addicted to food. Period. It's a drug. It's like me telling a crack addict they've got to give up crack. You don't want to hear it. If you had a visceral reaction about the prospect of fasting, you might have a problem.
Listen, I've been there before too, but you need to know that fasting is okay, and it's one of the healthiest things you can do to heal your body. Let's just say for easy math you have 30 extra pounds on your body. In every pound of fat, there's roughly 3,500 calories. So if you take 3,500 x 30, you're looking at close to 100,000 calories sitting on your body waiting to be burned, but you're still getting hungry.
A Harvard study came out in 2017 that shows how intermittent fasting may increase lifespan. Intermittent fasting is the practice of going a few extra hours without food to manipulate the mitochondrial networks in your body. The mitochondria are the power plants inside your cells like a nuclear reactor inside every cell.
We are only beginning to understand the underlying biology, but studies show that fasting can even slow down the aging process. Research indicates that fasting has the ability to change mitochondria so the powerhouse in your cells has the ability to change. If we lock mitochondria in one state, we completely block the effects of fasting or dietary restriction on longevity.
The bottom line is this -- manipulating the time of food consumption can increase longevity.