Dr. Bell's Blog

The 12 Hour Rule...

Obesity and weight loss are a hot topic, leading to an onslaught of marketing products and new fads.  A healthy body, however, can never be achieved merely through a quick fix.  Lifestyle changes have to be made permanently to achieve long term benefits.  The newest research on how you body burns fuel the best has revealed some pretty interesting information...

For centuries now, fasting has been a part of cultures as a spiritual practice.  Now science has confirmed that fasting can have some enormous benefits to your health.  These include:  Normalizing insulin levels, improved immune system function, less inflammation, and higher metabolism rates.  What does all this mean?  When your body is processing your food more efficiently, you will be much healthier.

What is the best way to fast?  Fasting doesn't have to be a 2 week marathon event.  The easiest, and most consistent type is intermittent fasting.  Breakfast has long been sold to us as the most important meal of the day, and it is, however it doesn't need to be consumed as soon as you wake up.  "Break - Fast" should be exactly that, to break the fast from sleeping.  Research is clear that we should not be consumed by eating nearly every waking hour of the day.  We should have a minimum of 12 hours between the last food consumed in the evening, and the next food consumed in the morning. Ideally I generally aim for 14-16 hours whenever possible. What begins to happen when done daily, is your body will switch over to burning fat for fuel, as opposed to the readily available carbohydrates that we are constantly eating.  When you first begin to do this do not be frustrated by the fact you are very hungry in the mornings, it will pass.  Remember, you have trained your body to expect food first thing upon waking up.  Get in the habit of drinking some warm water with lemon first thing to help your body detox, then wait a few hours before having your first meal.  By "skipping" breakfast you will be surprised that as time goes on your body will get very efficient with the fuel that you give it, resulting in less cravings.  Obviously it is still very important when you do eat, that you are having highly nutritious food, low in sugar, and with an adequate amount of healthy fats.  This will allow your body to burn that fat for fuel, as well as what you have already stored within you.

Finally, when it comes to food never forget the saying "eat to live, don't live to eat".  Don't make eating a part-time job, it should be used to provide proper fuel to allow your body to run most efficiently.  When you pair this with a healthy lifestyle, along with regular chiropractic check-ups to maintain a well-functioning nervous system, you will be well on your way to living a long and healthy life.