Ramadan - Fasting/ Training/ Eating Safe (Part 2/3)
The Benefits & Looking Inside The Body
Some of the key benefits that arise from fasting include controlled weight loss, cleansing and detoxification, mental discipline, increased energy levels and healing any stuck emotional patterns.
Understand whats going on inside the body whilst fasting and how you can use it to your advantage.
Controlled weight loss would really be the ideal personification for some of us to achieve in this month. This opportunity will allow you to understand food patterns and therefore be able to make changes to your habits and lifestyle. This can actually happen so long as you prepare your meals in advance so you get all your nutrients in the short window you have to eat.
This month has benefits of a detox, which is where the breakdown of inferior materials and the rebuilding of new healthier cells are present. First the body decomposes and burns existing diseased, damaged, ageing and dead cells. The building of new healthy cells is stimulated and speeded up by amino acids, the building blocks of proteins. Therefore, protein is essential during the month of fasting, where effectively the body re-uses the same proteins and other nutrients to build new cells.
Once progressed past the stage of dealing with the detox symptoms (cravings, headaches, low energy), a fast will have you feel lighter, more enthusiastic, more energetic and requiring less sleep.
Fasting will bring about improvements in mental clarity and focus. Being on top of these two attributes will give you a new found form of freedom, flexibility, and energy to be more productive in life. This will lead on to clarification of any experienced emotions you have and establish the source between emotion and the mental side of things.
What’s going on inside our bodies whilst fasting?
Within the first 3 days of fasting there are changes undergoing in the cells and organs. The process of ketosis can start to come alive during fasting. This is where the body no longer uses carbohydrate as a main energy source for completing exercise and daily tasks, due to fasting practically diminishing carbohydrate energy stores. Instead the body turns to fat stores, which now fuels your everyday activity as a result leading to weight and fat loss. Believe it or not this is actually a natural day-to-day process happening to us all, especially during intense exercise and sleep. However, for some of us our daily intake of carbohydrate is just too high for us to ever reach a sustainable state of ketosis.
Are You Putting Weight On During Ramadan?
Not only is eating foods high in fat and sugary snacks not the best option but method of preparation is also just as important. Mental discipline is where it starts from and this month for sure will allow you to take control and responsibility for your actions. Let's now dig a little deeper into the science on the issue as to why you may be gaining weight during Ramdan.
Two Hormones: Insulin V Leptin
There are two key hormones that we need to be aware of including Insulin and Leptin. When eating large meals your blood sugar levels spike in which the hormone insulin is released to lower levels down. The blood sugar acts like a fuel supply to your brain and gets transported to other cells in the body to be used up as energy. As well as blood sugar entering cells in the body, some of the blood sugar enters your fat stores, metabolising, and producing the hormone Leptin.
Leptin enters the blood which begins to travel to the brain, acting as a signal telling your brain when you have had enough to eat. In turn, the more you eat, the more Insulin produced and more Leptin you make.
Now, think about eating a large meal with all the contained fatty food and sugars after a day of fasting. Your hormones are extremely sensitive causing surges that are difficult to manage. As a result, there is an excess of blood sugar which means Insulin cannot store blood sugar efficiently and instead produces triglycerides (stored fat). Triglycerides are bad and this is where weight creeps up because this actually blocks the signal (Leptin) to your brain telling you that you’re full, which can lead to a problem called Leptin resistance.
If you are in a continuous routine of eating large amounts for a whole month, insulins job starts to dampen. Transporting excess blood sugar to cells becomes increasingly difficult, which can result in becoming Insulin resistant, forever gaining weight during this month.
Hopefully this article has shared some of the health benefits associated with fasting and understanding the body. If you have any questions or would like more information please comment below, or send a message on the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jdarpt
Look out for the next part (3/3) of the article on what to eat and how to train during Ramadan.