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Intermittent fasting is simply a pattern of eating, a feeding window you give yourself throughout the day. Fasting is not about cutting calories, it is about when you start eating and when you stop. This allows you to eat bigger meals in a shorter amount of tim
Why Intermittent Fasting?
If you want to lose weight but don’t want to count or cut calories, intermittent fasting is right for you! A lot of people incorporate fasting when trying to build muscle mass and gain that lean look as well. Not only does it improve and maintain your weight it also improves focus and concentration throughout the day. It frees up a lot of time by not having to meal prep three meals a day. Overall the why is easily proven by results once you incorporate this fasting technique in your day to day lifestyle.
How does it work?
It’s all about the fasted or fed state. When you are in a fasted state, typically starting around the 12-hour mark, your body stops running off your energy sources and switches to a fat burning state. Meaning it takes energy from your fat cells, in return improving weight.
Pick your feeding window.
Once you are in the mindset of intermittent fasting, pick the feeding window that is right for you! The most popular choice is the 16/8 method. This results in you fasting for 16 hrs. and eating for 8 hrs. For example, you stop eating at 9 pm on Monday and start eating at 1 pm Tuesday the following day.
There is also the eat-stop-eat method, this involved fasting for 24 hrs. once or twice a week.
The third method is the 5:2 diet, which on two non-consecutive days of the week you consume 500-600 calories only.
Weight loss: Helps weight loss and belly fat without a crazy diet
Insulin Resistance: Intermittent fasting reduces insulin resistance and lowers your blood sugar by 3-6% and fasting insulin by 20-31%
Inflammation: Improves inflammation and help chronic diseases
Brain Health: Increase in Brain Hormone called BDNF, studies also determine that it protects against Alzheimer’s disease.
Anti-aging: Studies have found that intermittent fasting slows the aging process.
To learn more, read "10 Health Benefits of Intermittent Fasting".
Intermittent Fasting is not for everyone and it does take some time getting used to. When done properly, this is a great alternative to crazy diets and cutting calories. In order to determine if intermittent fasting is right for you, try it out once or twice a week at first. Build yourself up to it and see if it’s something you would like to incorporate in your lifestyle.
Note: I've been intermittent fasting for over a year now, along with eating a plant-based diet. I have lost over 40 pounds and I’ve never felt better! I have noticed my cognitive functions have improved, I feel less tired throughout the day, and I have developed a more lean body from fasting.
Try it out for yourself!