Fasting Vs Eating Less: What’s The Difference?
Fasting vs eating less. What’s the difference?
Fasting isn’t a diet and it certainly isn’t starvation. A diet is defined as the kinds of foods one habitually eats and within this definition comes the quantity of these foods.
Fasting is changing when you’re eating.
Therefore, fasting and eating less are mutually inclusive.
So contrary to some people’s opinion, fasting is not eating less, but it can be part of a diet which involves eating less.
Many people try to lose weight by eating far less than required.
The problem with eating less to such an extreme in hopes of losing weight very quickly is that this causes a host of problems.
For three, four days, even two weeks, you may very well lose weight quickly.
However, much of this weight will be water and chances are you will lose less fat and more lean mass (meaning muscle).
The result of underrating will be more cravings, an increased appetite and this is just going to lead to weight gain in the future; so…what’s the point?
Muscle is metabolically active tissue, meaning it uses more energy than fat.
A common example of fasting is eating for 8 hours and fasting for 16. A common example is eating between 12-8pm.
The benefits of fasting reveal themselves in two aspects:
Convenience and simplicity.
Ironically, frequent meals have been introduced as a saviour to obesity as obesity continues to increase.
Fasting reduces your insulin levels and increases insulin sensitivity.
What else increases insulin sensitivity?
Anaerobic and aerobic exercise
Being at the right weight
Eating the right foods, especially considering certain types of carbohydrates.
Why be conscious of your insulin levels if caloric expenditure is more important?
Insulin’s job is to lower blood glucose. Insulin allows glucose to enter the cells of the body. When you’re insulin resistant like a type 2 diabetic, this can lead to hyperinsulinemia, which means high insulin levels.
The association between hyperinsulinemia and heart disease, obesity (particularly in the gut), certain cancers such as prostate breast and colon, is very strong.
Many people report being more productive and happy while fasting!
Fasting also increases growth hormone. Growth hormone is anti-ageing and out of the six hormones key for fat loss, it is the most important.
But because intermittent fasting makes this continuous energy restriction so effortless many agree, including myself that it’s a great solution.
A 2015 paper from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics came to the conclusion that prolonged nightly fasting:
“may be a simple, feasible, and potentially effective disease prevention strategy at the population level.”
Regardless of whether you fast or simply eat less calories without a fast, what is clear is that eating too little does more harm than good.
Fasting done right with enough calories is perfectly healthy, perhaps not advantageous over normal diets, but as research progresses the benefits regarding longevity, inflammation and other factors symbolic of health are revealing themselves.