Improve Aerobic Metabolism with Intermittent Fasting


Intermittent fasting provides a longer fasted period during the day during which your body has to rely more on fat stores. This may take a couple weeks to get used to at first, but your body will get more efficient at releasing and using stored fat for fuel and will supply your energy needs until your first meal, usually around lunch time. Ideally you want to have about a 16 hour window from the last time you ate the day before until your first meal the next day.

Our bodies are should be very capable of providing enough energy for our day to day activities, and even some moderate exercise, with fat stores alone. Water and some black coffee or tea is fine, and will even help, during the fasted period. Moderate exercise during the fasted period will improve the training effect. This trains your fat burning metabolism, or aerobic metabolism, to work more efficiently.


What Affects Our Metabolic Rate?

April 13, 2016 Metabolism, Weight Loss

We hear a lot about things we can do to boost our metabolism but how much of an impact do those actions really make?  The majority of our metabolic rate comes from organ function and supporting our tissues.  About 10% comes from the digestion of food (TEF) called the Thermic Effect of Food and 10-20% from our activity, depending on how active we are.

Rather than trying to boost or trick our metabolism into burning more than we eat or burn off what we shouldn’t have eaten, a more realistic approach is to eat in a way that allows our bodies to use our fat stores.  Intermittent fasting and low carb eating, even just a few days a week, allows blood sugar and insulin to stay at low levels and create a window for fat to be released for fuel.