Intermittent fasting appears to be the latest craze to gain better health and assist with weight loss. But what does it mean? And, more importantly, is it actually effective? Generally, when people refer to intermittent fasting they are referring to eating all of the food you normally eat during a 6 to 10 hour window in your day. This practice is usually lived between 3 and 7 days a week. It may look something like this:
- Skipping breakfast, eating lunch at mid-day, a larger snack at 3pm and dinner before 7pm. Not consuming any food or drink (other than water) between 7pm and 12pm the next day – therefore fasting for 17 hours (mostly while you’re sleeping) and eating for 7 hours OR
- Eating breakfast at 7am, lunch at 12pm or 1pm, a heavier snack at 3pm and skipping dinner. Not consuming any food or drink (other than water) between 4pm and 7am the next day – therefore fasting for 15 hours and eating for 9 hours
Or some variation of the above that suits you and your lifestyle.
Not only does intermittent fasting seem to be fairly comfortable and easy for a lot of people to practice, once they build up slowly (and consistency of practice is huge, as we all know). But, here are some of the scientifically proven benefits of intermittent fasting:
1. Helps to increase your ability to burn fat for fuel, rather than only being capable of burning glucose (or sugar)
2. Helps to reduce hunger levels overall during the day
3. Reduces the risk of chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease
4. Reduces inflammation (another health issue that’s talked a lot about recently)
5. Reduces weight gain and can really help with burning stored fat
6. Improves sleep and gives you more energy
7. Gives your digestive system a break which results in much faster healing of any digestive conditions
Are these some benefits that you would like to see in your life? I’m sure they are.
Do keep in mind that intermittent fasting is far healthier and safer when practiced together with a good quality diet (that isn’t filled with processed food and lots of empty carbohydrates). Individuals who are hypoglycemic, diabetic, or pregnant (and/or breastfeeding) should avoid any type of calorie restriction. Those with diabetes can practice intermittent fasting by building up very slowly and only with the supervision of their medical doctor.
At Life & Thrive, we can work with you to guide you into a safe and, dare I say … enjoyable … intermittent fasting routine that suits your life. Our practice is supported by a functional medical doctor who can supervise this process if you have any health concerns and we can collaborate with your own medical doctor also. For a healthy individual no medical supervision is usually necessary.
Please remember that, if you need support, guidance or assistance making healthy changes for yourself and your family that we are here to help. The work we do at Life and Thrive does not take away from your life but enhances it and makes you feel great !
Email us here or telephone us on 705 3727 if you would like to make an appointment for an initial consultation to see how we can practically help you to build a healthier, happier life.
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