By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC, and Maria Cummings
So, what is intermittent fasting? Intermittent fasting is “fasting” in short intervals. The 5:2 is most popular at the moment and in a nutshell, is where you fast two days a week on 500 calories for women or 600 calories for men. It can look like this:
For example, Mondays and Wednesdays consume only 500-600 calories. Eat a healthy amount of “nutritional” calories the rest of the week. However, for the other five days of the week, you would consume food in a “scheduled time frame” average of an eight-hour window; let’s say from 10 am to 6 pm. Therefore, you would either miss breakfast or technically moved it up (if you regularly eat in the mornings). Exercising before you eat a protein-rich meal at 10 am is ideal. Fasting and exercising is a powerful way to rejuvenate our bodies. Moreover, it helps muscles to become more resistant to injuries. Using High-Intensity Interval Training will turn your body into a fat burning machine, getting you nice and lean.
Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
Other than changing your body composition, Intermittent fasting also raises HGH (human growth hormones) up to 1300% for women and up to 2000% for men, which is great especially for anyone around forty years of age because our HGH starts to decrease as we age. HGH is a hormone that is “anti aging”!
Intermittent fasting also rapidly increases insulin’s ability to regulate blood sugar. Sugar and other unhealthy cravings will diminish which is great news for those who want to lose weight but often lose against the cravings! Scheduled eating assists in normalizing leptin sensitivity and insulin, which is vital for people who are concerned about chronic illnesses ranging from diabetes to heart disease and even cancer.
Intermittent fasting also promotes balancing the “hunger hormones” known as ghrelin- now that is half the battle in weight loss and fasting!
Intermittent fasting is not for everyone, but now that you know why you SHOULD consider intermittent fasting, why not give it a try? If you struggle with weight loss, sugar and food cravings, the reason could be related to your lipids, blood sugar regulation, leptin, and insulin receptivity. You can find out what your blood work has to say about YOU through our Comprehensive Blood Test Kit which includes a comprehensive thyroid test, so that you CAN improve your health, body composition, and longevity! Our Comprehensive Blood Test includes a supportive protocol written just for YOU!
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