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𝙄𝙨 𝙁𝘼𝙎𝙏𝙄𝙉𝙂 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙮 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙗𝙚𝙨𝙩 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙮𝙤𝙪?! 🤔
I’m a huge fan of fasting and intermittent fasting… for a healthy balanced body.
But in some cases, for those already in a very stressed out state (physically or mentally) - Fasting too long too often might actually lead to a cascade of metabolic and hormonal issues. 🚫
When we are stressed, our body increases cortisol.
Cortisol is a hormone specifically designed to get you ready for FIGHT or FLIGHT. It wants you to be alert, have energy, and SURVIVE. Therefore, it stimulates the body to increase blood sugar, converting glycogen into GLUCOSE.
Even though you haven’t eaten anything, your blood sugar will increase thanks to cortisol.
FASTING does a similar thing. Without the presence of food, your blood sugar will inevitably drop and to prevent it getting TOO LOW… the body stimulates a similar response to increase glucose.
BUT… when blood sugar increases, it also stimulates our pancreas to release INSULIN.
Your body wants to increase blood sugar, but not TOO MUCH. So there is a negative feedback mechanism with insulin to let your body know when enough is enough. #HomeostasisBitch 👊🏼
If we are stressed. Constantly stressed.
Then wakeup FASTED, keep fasting, (do fasted cardio!), become MORE STRESSED, don’t sleep enough, don’t eat properly, over train, and STAY STRESSED ALL THE TIME…
constantly stimulating blood sugar to increase, insulin to be released and sending conflicting messages…
We can accidentally create an issue called ɪɴsᴜʟɪɴ ʀᴇsɪsᴛᴀɴᴄᴇ.
You don’t have to be eating tons of refined sugar and candy and fast food to become insulin resistant.
It can simply be a through being chronically OVER STRESSED + OVER EXERCISING.
FASTING can stress out an already stressed out system even more.
It may help you lose some weight at first (due to the general reduction in calories) but in the long run may actually create a sensitivity to carbohydrates.
Remember, dieting, training and FASTING can all be stressors on the body.
Always consider all aspects of your health and STRESS LEVEL before jumping into any new protocol. 💪🏼
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