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The Benefits of Fasting

The Benefits of Fasting

Animals will go days, sometimes weeks before finding food. During this time, they are on the hunt; moving, chasing, and tracking. Their instincts are at an all time high from the hunger in their bellies. When they do eat, they eat. Knowing this will be their only fuel to continue the hunt, to continue their life.

Humans can go about 3 days without water. It is maybe the most essential human need second only to air. But still, many people go throughout their day without drinking water. The human body can go without food for weeks, and yet it is rare to find a person who doesn't eat 3 meals a day (which is really more like 5, and some snacking). Food is supposed to be our energy, but it has become common practice to eat until you're in a food coma, and then do nothing until it's time to eat again. We wonder why obesity, diabetes, heart conditions and high cholesterol are skyrocketing. These conditions were not nearly as prevalent in the times where people cultivated their own food. They are the direct result of us spending years shoveling processed foods that confuse our bodies upwards of 3 times a day. 

Dr. David Sinclair is one of the world's most influential scientists, a professor at Harvard Medical School, and one of TIME magazine's 100 most influential people. His life's work has been dedicated to studying aging, genetics, and longevity. His hypothesis is that humans can live healthier and happier for longer, even reverse the signs of aging, mostly by a few simple lifestyle changes. Lifestyle change #1: Eat Less. Aging is caused by cellular damage, the key to reversing this process is by activating newly discovered vitality genes. One of the main ways to activate these genes is by putting your body into survival mode. 

Intermittent fasting is when you periodically go without eating to train your body and strengthen your cells. There are many different schedules and approaches you can take, but the main principle is eating less often, and smaller amounts. Just as a wolf is primed for the hunt because of its hunger, our senses become sharper when they feel like they are being challenged. 

Eating breakfast right when you wake up is widely recognized as the most important meal of the day. From a logical standpoint, we don't think this makes too much sense. Your body has just been at rest for 8-10 hours, and you probably ate a large dinner and maybe a snack before you went to bed. You didn't burn those calories in your sleep, and now you are adding more food on top of that before you've done anything active. 

Fasted cardio workouts are a great way to jumpstart your mornings. Wake up, drink water and coffee, and get moving. "But I don't want to burn muscle," you might say, but you actually have enough fat stored to run across the country. There are tricks to activate fat burning, and fasted cardio is one of them. To activate the fat burning process in the body, you actually should aim to stay below your aerobic threshold - aka your hard breathing point. All it takes to start burning fat is getting your heart rate up. A light jog, dancing around, jumping jacks or body weight exercises - there are many forms of fasted cardio you can do in the morning to start the fat burning process at the beginning of the day. This will also help your metabolism. 

The most important thing to remember is that what you put into your body is equally important as what you keep out of it. A perfect way to satisfy your hunger and keep your energy levels high after a fasted workout is a Shredible. Protein to recover your muscles, and superfood ingredients that will help you stay energized and prepared for the day.