Protein Fasting: Your Ticket to Weight Loss and a Healthier You?

Most of us are familiar with the general concept of fasting. Whether for health or religious reasons, it is the act of abstaining from food, usually for over a day’s time, and only drinking water.

But, did you know that there may be a more-effective type of fast that doesn’t require you to starve yourself?

It’s called a protein fast. This type of fast can generate a wide range of health benefits from weight loss to anti-aging.

A protein fast involves very little to no protein (fewer than 15 grams) during a 24-hour period, but still consuming fats and some carbohydrates.

How does this make you healthier?

Over time, the cells in our body accumulate dead organelles, damaged proteins and oxidized particles. These can interrupt cell function and accelerate aging.

In order to cleanse the body of these harmful remnants, a process known as autophagy takes place — which literally means “self-digestion.” When you restrict your protein intake for a 24-hour period, this induces a state of autophagy.

During this state of reduced protein, your body finds every way it can to recycle proteins.

This process forces your cells to bind and excrete toxins that may be lurking in the membrane of your cytoplasms that are found within a given cell.

In other words, clearing out this clutter has shown to have detoxifying and anti-aging effects on the body — making you look and feel younger.

While those can be pretty impressive potential benefits, they aren’t the only ones.

Autophagy is also required to maintain muscle mass. By inhibiting muscle breakdown in adults, autophagy can make it easier for you to build and maintain muscle.

In addition, during a protein fast, autophagy lowers the most-powerful muscle-building regulator in your body called mTor, allowing it to spring back up with greater effect after a workout.

This can lead to more muscle gain.

Not only does autophagy help you build muscle, but it also helps you burn more fat.

During a 24-hour protein fast, your body is literally eating itself, including your fat cells! But the fat-loss benefit goes further than that.

When you are protein-deficient for just a 24-hour period, it lowers your insulin levels. This means your body will not be storing the food you eat as fat.

So, it’s recommended to eat mainly fats during this 24-hour period, and low-glycemic carbs like sweet potatoes. Additionally, many experts recommend consuming these fats and carbs in the afternoon and night.

Related story: Skipping Breakfast: Your Ticket to Fat Loss and More Energy?

Simply doing this once a week can have profound benefits on your health. Instead of wasting your time and money on the latest “lemon cayenne pepper cleanse,” just let your body do the work for you.

By limiting protein for a 24-hour period, you can detox your cells, look younger and feel better.

(The amount of protein our bodies need each day increases with age, so it’s a good idea to check with your doctor before making any changes to your diet, even for just a day.)

Happy and Healthy Investing,

Brad Hoppmann

Publisher

Uncommon Wisdom Daily

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Your thoughts on “Protein Fasting: Your Ticket to Weight Loss and a Healthier You?”

  1. I would appreciate some references to facts that support this idea. It’s new to me and not a trivial suggestion. Skipping breakfast is scary when you have a demanding day ahead. As for the protein fast: hard to believe it’s worthwhile but it’s an interesting idea so I would like to know what it is based on.

    Thanks,
    Doni

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