First lets talk about fasting. Many people think that training fasted is when your stomach is empty but it’s much more than that. When you consume food they’re broken down into different kinds of molecules. These molecules are released into the blood stream and causes insulin to spike as well. Insulin’s job is to shuttle theses molecules into the cell. Insulin levels can be elevated for several hours depending on how much food you consume.
As soon as you consume food your body processes and absorbs them resulting in being in a fed state. When your body is finished processing food, insulin begins to decline to a lower level or base line level.Once insulin drops, your body goes back into a fasted state. So in a sense, your body goes from fasted to fed all day long depending on how much you eat throughout the day.?When training in a fed state your body is still breaking the food down while insulin is elevated.?When training in a fasted state your body’s insulin levels are low or at a baseline level.
In the graph below you can see how insulin is elevated and decreased between meals but, when sleeping insulin stays very low and for a longer period of time.
Essentially, when you are sleeping your fasting. Imagine how much fat you can burn when you wake in the morning and prolong your first meal?This is why intermittent fasting has become so popular because when fasting all night and upon waking in the morning, you wait to eat until let’s say noon time; you’ll keep your body in fat burning mode longer.This is one of the fastest ways to lose fat WITHOUT training.
There is nothing wrong with eating breakfast but it largely depends on what you eat.While intermittent fasting has been on the rise and scientific research has shown big benefits for better body composition, many researchers suggest that skipping breakfast ultimately leads to weight gain by making poor food choices later in the day. If you are someone who loves and enjoys breakfast, there are several foods that you should avoid if you want to lose fat or maintain good body composition.Creating different meals for fat loss or building lean muscle can be quite expensive, time consuming and confusing for those starting out