Autophagy and Fasting

If you have a lot of weight to lose while doing your low carb diet, then you may want to add in some intermittent and extended fasts. For example,  if you hit a weight loss plateau, adding intermittent fasting can help you get your weight loss moving again. But the benefit I want to talk about today is autophagy.

Fasting helps to promote autophagy which is a sort of “self-eating” and it is backed by a lot of science. Yoshinori Ohsumi won the Nobel prize in 2016 for his studies on autophagy. So when someone does an extended fast and there is no food for the body, the body will live off of our own toxins and cells.

So fasting is really about healing the body. This is why humans have been fasting for many years. Many for spiritual reasons but also for the amazing healing effects. Our bodies are amazing and will regenerate itself! It really is miraculous!

Fasting is perfect for those whose weight loss has stalled or for those who have a lot of loose skin from losing weight quickly. Autophagy is the healing of loose skin.

Intermittent fasting or extended fasting seems to cause our cells to go into autophagy. This is very helpful to tighten and tone the loose skin. It takes time and patience. But autophagy helps in many other ways as well. It is a natural way to heal the body, mind, and soul.

Dr. Jason Fung

I first learned about intermittent fasting when reading up and learning about how to take my low carb diet to a higher level. If you want to learn more about intermittent fasting, I highly recommend you read his latest book The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting

Autophagy Fasting Hours

It seems that autophagy happens at 16 to 18 hours of intermittent fasting. So for example. If you finish eating your last meal at 6 pm and then don’t eat again until 11 or 12 the next day you will most likely be in the autophagy zone. Actually, it seems hard but really it isn’t. The longer you push your fast out the better the results you will get.

Intermittent Fasting Break Fast

You can break your fast however you want, but I prefer to break my fast with fat. This way it keeps my blood sugar level. So I will often have an avocado or some bacon then I wait another 2 hours before I have my meal. This helps me to sort of drag out the autophagy effects. I figure the longer the effects the better the benefits for my body.

Benefits of Fasting

Speaking about autophagy and intermittent fasting, let’s talk about how it helps the body in the long run.

I belong to several ketos and fasting groups on Facebook, Youtube, and other social sites. I just love hearing about all of the amazing results people talk about. Fasting has been done by many people for centuries. It isn’t anything new. I am just glad that I learned about it so I  can continue to heal my body and live a healthy lifestyle.  Here are some of the benefits of fasting that I have read about. Many I have experienced myself.

  • Weightloss
  • Blood sugar goes down, type 2 diabetes normalizes:
  • Gout goes away for some people
  • Eyesight gets better
  • Heartburn goes away for some people
  • Help with inflammation.
  • Helps with joint pain
  • Many people sleep better
  • Many people say fasting helps with improving anxiety and depression.
  • Fasting may help you be more focused.
  • Stomach issues like IBS go away.
  • Many people think that it pushes off aging and it helps you to look younger.
  • Fight cancer
  • More brain power

In Conclusion, I believe our bodies are made to heal themselves. We can lose weight and get healthy by changing what we eat. I believe eating real food that is very low in carbs and higher in fat heals. I also think intermittent fasting is healing. Fasting is something that humans have done for years. If fasting helps to heal through autophagy then it is worth trying.

I would love to hear your thoughts. Have you tried intermittent fasting? What were your results?