And whether you are religious or not, it’s a great time to reflect on yourself and make some changes. For me personally, I have always liked to focus on food.
Last year, I decided to give keto a try. A keto diet is a high fat, low carb and medium protein; and it is meant to active ketosis in your body. Ketosis is a state of the body where it is fuelled almost completely by fat – so if you want to lose weight, this is a great start.
But let’s be real, no one wants to live a life without carbs – and especially not without pasta.
So, while keto worked wonders for me last year, it is not a diet that I can maintain for the rest of my life. The second you start eating normal again, the effects are lost.
To switch it up, I decided to try 16/8 this year. 16/8 or intermediate fasting, affects your body in different ways, such as:
- Insulin: Insulin increases when we eat. When we fast, insulin decreases dramatically. Lower levels of insulin facilitate fat burning.
- Human growth hormone (HGH): Levels of growth hormone may skyrocket during a fast, increasing as much as 5-fold. Growth hormone is a hormone that can aid fat loss and muscle gain, among other things.
- Norepinephrine (noradrenaline): The nervous system sends norepinephrine to the fat cells, making them break down body fat into free fatty acids that can be burned for energy.
And the best thing about it: you can eat whatever you want!
Lent started on the 6th March this year and so far, so good. Although the mornings can be quite hard, it has greatly approved my appetite for the, in my opinion, way too early, lunch at work.
But seriously, who has lunch at 11:30 am?