hey guys welcome back to the stoic body
now today I’m going to be talking about prolonged fasting so recently I did a
bit of an experiment on myself I fasted for three entire days I didn’t eat
anything and it was a really good experience I recorded that and if you
haven’t seen that you can click in the annotation above just to go over and
watch my experience but in today’s video I just want to briefly talk about some
of the benefits of it and why I chose to stop eating for three days because a lot
of people are gonna be like why the fuck would you do that what’s the point in
that so I guess I should explain myself and that’s what today’s video is about
umm now firstly let’s just talk about what intamin fasting is it’s you know
not eating for some amount of time so usually 16 hours 18 hours even up to 20
22 23 hours and um this is called intermittent fasting and people
generally tend to do it for weight loss that tends to be the reason why people
do fasting simply because it lowers your insulin it allows you to eat less
obviously and it’s just a great way to lose weight and many people find it’s
what really makes the difference in their lives
but um what we’re really discovering recently is Auto Fuji which I’ll explain
what that is in a second what’s hatha G is becoming the most prized benefit of
intamin fasting so Auto Fuji is basically the recycling of your cells so
when you’re fasting and you don’t have any nutrients coming in your cells begin
to eat themselves or toff by here five years like a Greek word for eating so
it’s like automatic eating your boy um eats itself and that’s really important
for a lot of reasons Auto Fuji is a number of benefits but some of the most
important benefits are its anti-aging properties and Auto Fuji is actually
quite important for building muscle clunker which doesn’t really make sense
because you’re not actually consuming anything but it can help and doing that
after you’re done with the fast so when you do a prolonged fast your body is
going to end up going into something called ketosis
so you might have heard that either from fasting or the ketogenic
diet basically what happens is usually we’re running our bodies of glucose
right and when you fast and you stop eating after a certain amount of time
your liver glycogen so the the glucose which is being metabolized in your liver
that’s going to deplete and then after that depletes which usually happens in a
normal fast if you do a prolonged fast that depletes then the glycogen and your
muscles begins to deplete and that can lead to you know kind of needing to
drink more water because you’re losing a lot of water from your muscle glycogen
and then once all of that is gone you really start to produce a lot of ketone
bodies so your body begins to metabolize fat for energy it can’t use the fat
directly but fat is metabolized in the liver and to something called ketone
bodies like beta hydroxy butyrate and acetone and this is what is shuttled
into the mitochondria and used this energy for the brain so it’s fat can’t
be used directly it’s converted into ketone bodies and then ketone bodies are
walk across the blood-brain barrier so many people use a prolonged fast as a
way to get into the ketogenic diet quicker so it can take a while to get
into ketosis just through nutritional changes or just through moderate fasts
but if you fast for about three days you’re really gonna become a fat-burning
machine because your body has no choice its depleted its glycogen it has no more
glucose for energy and so it has to use fat and it’s gonna use fat before it
uses protein because if it’s using protein then it’s eating away at the
heart and obviously that’s not good that can lead to heart failure which it does
in a fast if you go for thirty days or so but definitely not in a prolonged
fast so that can be a great way to get into ketosis quicker and it’s also a
great way just to get down your insulin levels and get down inflammation in the
body that’s another really important benefit that you get out of prolonged
fasting now it also happens in a prolonged fast fasting in general and
with the ketogenic diet let’s just say ketosis is that something in the body
called BDNF or brain Drive trophic factor increases and when this
increases it basically promotes neurogenesis and neurogenesis is the
growth of new brain cells it’s like the fertilizer for brain cells in the brain
so fasting and ketosis either through fasting or the ketogenic diet gives the
brain the opportunity to grow new brain cells now when I was on day three I
literally felt my head getting bigger and it no I’m just kidding another
really cool benefit is with the immune system so around the three-day mark for
most people immune cells basically reset themselves so with fasting white blood
cells get depleted and when white blood cells are depleted an enzyme called PKA
actually gets reduced and with that reduction comes a reset of immune cells
so doing this every few months or I choose to do it every few months can be
a really powerful way of securing a strong immune system and that’s one of
the main reasons I do it I haven’t been doing prolonged fasting that long I’ve
done it a few times um but ever since I started fasting in
general I never get sick and again this is anecdotal but it’s really interesting
because I was a type of person who would always get sick always um and since I
started fasting I don’t get sick ever I honestly don’t remember the last time I
did so that’s probably one of the most profound benefits I’ve personally
experienced from fasting and it seems like a prolonged fast really kicks the
specific benefit and to overdrive so one of the other important benefits and this
might be one of the most important benefits overall I mean there are a lot
of things you can do to increase your immune system you can exercise you can
eat healthy you can do other things for weight loss obviously you can you know
you can get auto Fujii slightly from normal intamin fasts but I think that
the willpower it takes to abstain from food for a significant amount of time
you know seventy to hundred hundred twenty hours it’s it’s it’s I guess
that’s easier than it seems but it takes a lot of discipline and self-control to
do that and I’m not saying that to brag in any way there people have done it
much longer than me but the point is the
willpower and the discipline you gain from doing that it really translates
into the rest of your life I I find that after I do a prolonged fast the
subsequent weeks I just get so much more work done and that’s also during the
prolonged fast you get so much work done because you never have to think about
food so I think that it can be an incredible test of self-discipline now
let’s finish up just speaking about weight loss because a lot of people are
going to go into a prolonged past with the mindset that it’s gonna help them
lose weight and yes you’re gonna lose weight
pretty quickly you’re gonna probably lose like 3 4 5 pounds 1 2 3 kilograms
within a few days um but like we said before your muscle glycogen is being
depleted you’re losing you’re urinating out a lot of water so naturally you’re
just going to lose a lot of weight but it’s not necessarily all fat right and
and while you may lose some weight generally you’re going to gain it back
if you go back to eating around your maintenance calories you might you might
keep it off if you’re in a caloric deficit in it but it’s not a strategy
that I’d recommend as your main method of weight loss a problem fast could be
used to supplement your weight loss program but on rely on frequent
prolonged fast as your method of weight loss because clearly that’s not going to
be sustainable right you don’t want to be up standing from food every week for
three days that’s just not something I I think why I just presume most of you
don’t want to do that so if you’re pregnant if your hypoglycemic if you’re
young as well if you’re watching this and you’re young if you’re doing this
for the wrong intentions if you have or had eating disorder or something like
that then prolonged fasting is definitely not going to be something I
would recommend to you right so proceed with caution do your research and make
sure that you’re up for this because it might seem simple but it can be really
challenging um especially if you haven’t been used to fasting in the first place
so if you’ve never fasted before start with normal fasting 14 16 18 hours get
to know how fasting works for your body get confident with fasting just like you
would with exercise and then hit the hay weights or prolonged fast after you’ve
had some experience so please remember that when you’re considering this video
or reading anything about a similar topic or just nutrition fitness and
health in general okay that’s it for the video so my experience was really fun I
enjoyed it a lot and I will definitely be doing it in the future perhaps even
for four or five days so that’s something you can look forward to in the
future again if you haven’t seen the video of my experience of my three day
fast check out the video it was really fun I documented it on my phone and I
think you’ll get some value out of it if you want to learn more about how to
actually do a prolonged fast correctly and what you should and shouldn’t do
then be sure to check out the article and the description where I go in depth
over these concepts because I didn’t have enough time in this video so thanks
for watching