Fasting And Metabolism
Question about metabolism damage by fasting
If I completed a 30 day fast, how damaging would it be to my metabolism. I mean right now my metabolism is fairly decent I think. But from what I’ve read, a fast will slow it down. How would one get my metabolism back to normal?
Thanks so much.
One of the most common questions asked is about fasting and metabolism. The fear is that while fasting, the metabolism will slow down and afterward there will be more weight gained than before the fast.
Initially, any calorie reduction will cause a lowering in the BMR or base metabolic rate. The body becomes more efficient with calories which increases the longer you fast. The body becomes more efficient in it use of vitamins, minerals, proteins and calories and therefor the metabolism is “slower” or more efficient.
After a fast, the colon walls have been cleansed of impacted feces, allowing improved absorption of nutrients. The pancreas, gall and liver also heal and therefor metabolize food better. These are physical improvements but if after the fast, if you return to a diet high in concentrated carbohydrates that are calorie dense, you will gain weight more quickly than before the fast.
Cleansing will bring health that will increase metabolic performance but also energy output. If you are burned out tired and eating burgers and fries you and not too excited about exercise, sports, walking, or just moving period. After a fast, you will eat less and feel more energetic. Healthy people burn more calories. They also eat less because they are more active and feel better about themselves. They don’t need food as a security blanket and want to continue being healthy.
Exercise Increases Metabolism
The greatest impact you can have on increasing your resting metabolism is exercise. After a workout, you can be sitting on the couch reading while burning calories, as the muscles are grabbing glucose from the blood to replace glycogen supplies. The key to weight loss is fewer calories and more exercise. A diet high in raw food provides fewer, low-density calories, and higher-fiber, more-filling foods.
Oh, by the way, a slower more efficient metabolism diminishes aging.
A tortoise can live to 400 hundred years of age.
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