Hour by Hour - what happens when you fast/cleanse.

Hour by hour, this is what happens to your body when you fast…

Intermittent fasting, everyone’s talking about it, some are trying it and the hottest celebrities are swearing by its results. But when we’ve been bought up with the notion that ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ why is everyone talking about intermittent fasting? Is it just another fad? Or is it something that is here to stay? We believe it's 'here to stay'. 

It’s time to clear the confusion and give you the true facts of why we love and have adopted intermittent fasting and support you in doing so too. Here’s what happens to your body when you intermittent fast or have a cleanse day. 

Our bodies need energy not only to survive but to thrive throughout our busy lives. We get this energy through the food we eat. During the process of digestion, our body breaks down carbohydrates (and sometimes proteins if we're not getting enough carbs – the body is smarter than you think!) and converts it into glucose – glucose to the body is like fuel to our car.

But unlike the car, our bodies main objective is to keep us alive, so when there is enough glucose the body with store it away for later in the liver, in case there is a prolonged time where the body isn't getting enough energy and needs to utilize its reserve stores.

After about 8 hours of fasting... 

The body has used up all its reserve stores of glucose and will enter a stage called glucogenesis. When your body is in a state of glucogenesis, your metabolic rate rises, meaning you're burning more calories. For your body to find those calories they have to find the energy from stored fat cells. Who can complain about that? Prolonged fasting of longer than 8 hours, can help your body reset in other areas as well.

After 12 hours of fasting…

The digestive system goes to sleep, due to nothing left in the body to digest. This gives the body time to focus on resetting and restoring other areas of the body. Human Growth Hormone starts to increase which helps regulate the bodies fluids and assists with the bodies muscle and bone growth. Glucagon relaxes which balances blood sugar and assists with resetting insulin resistance.

After 16 hours…

The fat burning stage of fasting ramps up at 16 hours. This is why the 16:8 (eat for 8 hours, fast for 16) is highly popular amongst athletes and celebs. Fat burning peaks at 16 hours, which also assists with how your body utilizes the food you eat for the following 8.

After 18 hours…

Human Growth hormone peaks and reaches its maximum potential after 18 hours of fasting.

After 24 hours…

All glycogen stores are completely depleted, and ketones are started to release into the blood stream. Autophagy also begins to happen in the body. Autography is the bodies natural process of removing anything unnecessary or dysfunctional from cells.

If you have any questions about Intermittent Fasting or nutrition you can reach us at hello@wednesdaycleanseday.com.