A couple days back I posted an article about loose skin after losing weight. Mostly that article dealt with autophagy.
Autophagy is what happens when you fast for extended periods and your body starts consuming damaged cells in your body and replaces those damaged cells with healthy cells.
Every morning, I like to watch videos, mostly about diet and health, on YouTube, so I can keep up to date and learn new things. This morning, I came across a new video about autophagy. This video is done by a lady named Ann Pharham. This was my first time to watch any of Ann’s videos, but I found it to be pretty informative, and I thought I would share it with the readers on this site.
The video mostly is geared toward Women’s Health, but still great info! Have a look:
I really find this process of autophagy to be fascinating, and very interesting. I started doing intermittent fasting on February 14 this year. It is when you do more prolonged fasting, though, that autophagy kicks in and starts working for you. During the time since I started Intermittent Fasting, I have also done a 10 day fast and a 5 day fast. On Sunday of this week, I started another prolonged fast, I am shooting for 30 days this time. On any of these prolonged fasts, autophagy can do its work. I can actually see some of this autophagy going on in my body. For probably 30+ years I have had a fair number of skin tags in different areas of my body (underarms, groin area, neck), and all of them are either gone now or greatly reduced in size (80 to 90% reduction). I expect that there is a good chance they will all be gone by the time I complete my current prolonged fast.
The benefits are showing themselves to me.
In this video, Ann says that when you are hungry that is when autophagy is doing its thing! I agree. I don’t get too hungry, but there are times each day when there is some minor huger, and during those times I think about the benefits that I am getting from the fast. It really helps me keep it going!
Yes, I am counting on autophagy to take up the slack! 😉 And I tell myself that the feeling of hunger is actually fat being used up. It helps!
I agree, Luanne! It really helps a lot to think like that. And, when I do have hunger, I find that it passes fairly quickly. Last night, Feyma and I were watching TV and I was very hungry (which is rare). Feyma asked me what I was going to do.. I told her… I’ll just wait and get through it. I did make it through, and it passed fairly quickly.
And now I know how to pronounce it! Ha!