How to “Rest” Your Digestive Tract for More Effective Weight Loss

Much like you need to rest your muscles after a workout you also need to rest your digestive tract to allow it time to heal and recover between meals. Each meal you eat, while supplying the body with the nutrients you need, is also a stress on your bodies digestive tract because of the energy needed to digest the food you eat.

The digestive tract is one of the most complicated systems in your body and if it is not getting the time to rest, you will likely have trouble with digestion, nutrient assimilation and weight management. So how do you “rest” your digestive tract? It’s simple. You go longer periods of time without putting anything into it. In other words, go longer between meals.

I personally recommend going 14-18 hours without food on a regular basis if you looking to lose weight. It’s easiest to do this by eating dinner at 6pm and not eating again until noon the following day. You eat dinner at your normal time that evening. You don’t need to do this every day. 2-4 times a week is perfectly alright, however you will see the best results if done daily.

Eating this way does several things to help you lose weight. First, after about 12 hours your body is starting to burn excess fat for fuel. The reason your body stores fat in the first place is for energy during times when food is scarce so in effect your burning off your reserves. Also, at about the 12 hour mark your body start to secrete larger amounts of human growth hormone (HGH) which causes the body to increase the amount of fat burned and put on muscle. This is especially true if you work out regularly.

It is also worth noting that metabolically there are no detriments to this type of eating as long as you do not go past 24-36 hours without eating. Contrary to popular belief the body does not enter “starvation mode” and store fat and all other metabolic changes are geared towards healing the body and digestive tract so that when you eat again you can better digest the food you eat and use the nutrients. You also start to manage blood sugar more effectively as your body becomes more sensitive glucose.

Giving the body a break from eating is a simple, effective way in improve weight loss programs and heal from chronic lingering health issues. If you have any questions about eating this way contact us anytime via our website email or Facebook page.

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Austin EricksonAbout the Author

Dr. Austin Erickson is a chiropractor with offices in Glenwood City and the 4 Corners near New Richmond, Wisconsin. He is an expert at combining chiropractic treatment with nutritional advice to achieve excellent results. He has cured himself of psoriasis and autoimmune related arthritis using his protocols. Connect with him on Twitter and Google+

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