Fasting is the only lifestyle plan that has given me boundless energy for daily activities, as well as within the gym. This wasn’t always the case. When I first began my fasting journey, my energy levels plummeted relatively low. I didn’t have the best experience and wondered if this were the level I would play at for a while.As I researched and asked many friends, they also had something similar, well known “keto flu.” I describe it in this way because I experienced the same symptoms. It wasn’t until about week 2 when I moved towards a higher energy level – to my surprise. It ignited out of nowhere, so I was not prepared for it in the least! These are the initial stages a lot of people struggle with. They believe it will last for too long, panic, and then divert back to improper eating. I assure you, it won’t last, and it’s worth sticking with it. As you progress with fasting, despite the hours you aren’t eating, the energy levels increase trifold. The reason behind this is because you’re allowing your body to rest from the endless energy needed when digesting foods. When you think about it, we’ve been told so many times to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. After a while, we become so accustomed to this theory that we lead our lives by it, even if we aren’t hungry at all. Have you ever eaten and not felt hungry – just because it’s time for lunch or dinner? I know I have, and that’s the worst habit to get into. This is why when you begin fasting, the hunger becomes unbearable at times. Eventually, you will feel nothing. But do be assured that conditioning is a natural human occurrence, and we do it all the time without a second thought. If you don’t realise what conditioning you’ve created for your body, weight gain will become inevitable. While you are allowing the digestive system to rest, then the natural occurrence of detoxification begins. What a wonderful thing it is to allow the bodies own natural detoxification mechanism to start working. With all that food, how can this ever come about? As we continue to fast regularly, we allow our bodies to run more efficiently. And you can guess what that means? It beings to process the foods you eat correctly, burn body fat and increase our metabolism. You may notice that people who fast and eat a clean diet will be both muscular and lean. Even when I am fasting for long stretches, I have more energy than I would consume. It seems pretty strange. I can immediately tell the difference between fasting and feasting. Even after a moderate feast, I feel like having a nap. Fasting creates stress (that’s good for the body), producing a protein called BDNF (Brain-derived Neurotrophic Factor), which helps the brain function and operate better. This is what brings clarity of mind and better focus and concentration. Our bodies then use fat for fuel. Burning fats creates a different form of energy – one without those slumps you would usually get when using food as an energy source. This is why it becomes quite addictive, as many professionals who do this would tell you, their best work comes about from fasting. When it comes to sleep and fasting, it’s never been a problem for me. I can go to bed hungry and have the best rest of my life since I don’t have any digestion causing disturbances. I don’t know many people that can have a meal and fall asleep soundly for the whole night. It would be the opposite. This is a very individual aspect, and I would always leave it up to each individual to decide what would work best for them. Fasting also reduces awakenings during the night and most of those bodily movements. Each of us requires a certain amount of sleep to function. I can get away with 5–6 hours per day, but another person may nee 8–10. This is very individual. I hope you have become inspired to fast and see what it does for your own concentration, focus and mental clarity. That’s possibly one of the best parts of fasting. It changes your body chemistry completely – as well as your health and body composition goals. I would love you to upvote it if you did. Please also join me on my various social platforms and do go ahead and download your Empowering habit changer guide. I’m also on Instagram.