Intermittent fasting (IF) has been a buzzword lately, but what is it, how does it work, and is it effective?
The foundation of IF is simple. You abstain from eating during specific hours of the day and eat during others. There is no one way to fast; in fact, there are many different fasting types.
The right type of fasting for the right type of person can result in better gut health, improved weight management, and perhaps a longer life.
How does it work? First, we have to understand the role of insulin. Insulin causes the body to store energy as fat, so the more insulin you make, the more fat you store. While you’re fasting, your body has time to lower insulin levels, which reverses the fat-storing process.
If you’re interested in testing out IF for yourself, check out this article, which details five types of IF: https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/the-different-types-of-intermittent-fasting-which-one-is-right-for-you
Also, keep these tips in mind when/if you choose to fast:
- Stay hydrated!
- When you do eat, eat healthy foods. Sure, you could dive into a pepperoni pizza, but it wouldn’t be fueling or nourishing your body properly.
- Be mindful that zero calories mean ZERO calories. A handful of nuts means that you’re no longer fasting. So does creamer in your coffee. Be hyper-aware that you’re not eating ANY calories during fasting hours so that you can actually feel the full effects.
- Keep a food journal.
- The stress of trying to stay on your diet might be worse than following a regular, non-fasting meal plan. Keep this in mind if you’re really struggling to stay on track.
Are you curious about what a day of IF looks like?
Check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQ7kvFyljow
Also, a quick reminder that IF is not right for everyone. If you’re curious about trying IF, send me a message and let’s talk about the best approach for getting you started.
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