“There is nothing new, except what has been forgotten.”
— Marie Antoninette
Fasting has been recorded as regular practice all around the world for all of human history. This practice just recently has taken a backseat with unrivaled consequences. The world has never been fatter and unhealthy. 7 out of 10 Americans will die from a chronic illness directly related to diet and lifestyle.
Many have tried eating healthy and working out. Though these can be beneficial to some it is not so simple for others. If you are reading this I'm sure you have tried a diet with early success just to plateau weight loss and eventually gain the weight back again. But why? "If I'm doing everything right, why can't I lose the weight?"
The answer? Insulin.
Insulin is a hormone in the body that is directly involved in the process of storing fat. That's its job. Insulin takes sugar from the blood and stores it as fat for later use. Our problem is that later use, never comes.
Lets break it down.
When you eat the body will break all carbohydrates and sugars down in to glucose. The body uses this glucose for fuel to run pretty much everything in the body including muscle tissue and brain activity. If we have too much glucose in the system the pancreas will secrete insulin to attach itself to all the extra glucose in the system and stores it in the liver as glycerol. Well unfortunately for us the liver only has limited space. When the liver is full of glycerol it will take remaining glucose in blood and store it as fat in a process called De novo Lipogenesis. This is how we get fat.
Well if we know what puts on fat, we also know what takes it off. Its the same system but in reverse. When the body is low on fuel (food) it will look to the liver for fuel. All that stored carbohydrate in the liver in the form of glycerol well be tapped into first. The glycerol in the liver will actually hold the body over for about 24 hours. Now what happens when the glycerol stores are depleted in the the liver? Well the body will tap into fat stores and take fat and convert it into glucose in a process called Glucogenesis. This process is easily reversed back and forth ecspecially when food was scarce and refrigeration wasn't an option. We ate when we had food and we fasted until we ate again. The body was built for this and actually needs it.
In modern times we never have a time where we give ourselves a break from food and get into glycogenesis (fat burning stage). We are constantly feeding and putting sugars into the system which leads to the storage of fat. If we take a break for food and allow the glucogenisis process to happen. We will then start tapping into our fat stores as a energy source and in turn, lose fat.