Intermittent Fasting

What fasting does to growth hormone?

Growth hormone is the ultimate anti-aging hormone.

As you age, growth hormone decreases. When you’ve reached your 60s, 70s, and 80s, there’s not much growth hormone left. In turn, this affects your proteins, which causes your skin, joints, muscle, and hair to age.

Increasing growth hormone helps you preserve proteins that keep you looking youthful.

Growth hormone also helps you:

• Burn body fat

• Increase your lean muscle mass

• Preserve your muscle/prevent muscle loss

• Increase your bone density

• Boost your collagen

Growth hormone peaks at puberty, spikes when you’re sleeping, lowers when you eat, increases with high-intensity interval training, and plummets when you’re stressed.

Most importantly, growth hormone increases when you fast.

• A two-day fast increases growth hormone by up to 200%

• A three-day fast increases growth hormone by up to 300%

• A seven-day fast increases growth hormone by up to 1250%

Short-term fasting or intermittent fasting causes four-times better muscle preservation than a low-calorie diet. Fasting also inhibits protein breakdown—which is known as catabolism. Fasting is an excellent way to support your brain and nervous system.

Keep in mind that the dietary recommendations for protein are between .6-.8 grams of protein per pound of body fat for each meal. You don’t necessarily need to have a protein shake or other protein supplement before every workout or during your fast.

Last updated: Jan 29, 2024 15:08 PM