What is a bio hack technique?
Over the last decade, an increasing number of people have been preoccupied with finding hacks—that is to say, legitimate shortcuts—for their everyday tasks. Aided by its flagship website, the art of lifehacking has helped people around the world find ways to boost their mood and wellbeing. Of all of the available lifehacks, finding quick and easy ways to improve health and fitness is a particular priority, hence the rise of biohacking.
What is biohacking?
Biohacking means taking shortcuts in order to enhance and optimise how your body operates, whether in the name of improving fitness, expanding brain capacity or even achieving a longer life. Many methods of biohacking aren’t necessarily scientifically approved, with implants and injections being popular with some hardened biohackers, who call themselves Grinders.
How can you biohack your life?
The easiest ways to biohack involve alternative methods of exercise, careful dieting and, in some cases, fasting. Techniques such as cold thermogenesis or taking an infrared sauna can burn off fat and increase your metabolism while your body is in a passive state—that is to say, you can use these methods to lose weight without actually having to do any exercise.
Alternatively, adopting a low-carb, high-fat diet discourages the production of glucose, which the body uses as its main energy source at the expense of any others in your body, such as fat. The ketogenic diet prioritises foods which encourage the body to use fat for energy, thus promoting weight loss. These methods of biohacking for weight loss are generally safer than other biohacking styles, such as the 5:2 diet or “nootropic” supplements.
However, it is important to recognise that ketogenic diets are not as yet clearly evidenced to be better than a personalised approach such as Club 51’s intelligent fitness approach.
Why is it important to be careful when biohacking?
Biohacking is an especially popular practice in Silicon Valley, with tech CEOs regularly going days at a time without eating, and keeping track of their food intake and glucose levels, amongst other body metrics. Dietary biohacking can often lead to obsessive tendencies around food, and taking biohacking techniques too far, much like over-exercising, can cause significant problems, from renal damage to heart problems.
A careful program of intermittent fasting can be beneficial for weight loss, though you should be careful to avoid taking this method too far, as it can lead to some health concerns. The reasons behind this range from binging or eating the wrong kinds of food after a fast to reducing our bodies’ glucose tolerance to a dangerous rate. If you do feel inclined to try biohacking, consult your doctor before you start, and ease into it. There’s no reason these methods can’t be effective, but biohacking should be done in moderation for maximum results.