Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is not a fad diet. It is an eating cycle that provides a timeframe for you to eat and a timeframe for you to fast. Always check with your medical practitioner before trying any new exercise, supplement, food, or fasting regime. People with medical issues should refrain from fasting, so always get clearance. If you are pregnant, want to conceive, breastfeeding, have low blood pressure, are diabetic, on medications, have an eating disorder, underweight, have difficulty processing sugar and many other health issues, remember to get clearance.

Here are some of the benefits of intermittent fasting:
aids in weight loss
may lower blood pressure, and blood sugar levels
may reduce inflammation
may increase human growth hormone
changes hormone levels to facilitate weight loss
increases metabolic rate
may reduce waist circumference
Increases release of the fat-burning hormone norepinephrine
helps you eat fewer calories
may reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol, blood triglycerides
may increase the brain hormone BDNF
may aid the growth of new nerve cells
may activate autophagy, the ability to old damaged cell components
may decrease insulin levels, making it easier for the body to use stored fat.

Many people probably have already fasted in a specific timeframe if they ate dinner early and did not eat until the next day with a late breakfast or early lunch.

Intermittent fasting involves splitting the day or week into eating and fasting periods. For instance, if you start eating at 10 a.m., then you eat for 9 hours and stop eating by 7 p.m. The other hours in the 24 hour day will be fasting. If your sleep cycle is during this fasting period, then it may be easier to follow. Many people find the 15 hours fasting and 9 hours eating method to be simple to adhere and others prefer the 16/8 pattern he simplest and easiest to implement.

No two people are alike, so monitor how you feel if you start intermittent fasting. It may be helpful with weight loss plateau, adrenal, thyroid, and hormone imbalances. Just start slow and be mindful on how you feel.

Get your hormone levels tested and discover your imbalances.

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  1. Saveen
    1 year ago

    Hello Nancy. Your observations are correct. I have been practicing intermittent fasting for almost 10 months now and have experienced some amazing results in terms of weight loss and overall health. This has actually inspired me to write an article on intermittent fasting. Please have a look.

  2. Prashanth Savanur
    1 year ago

    Hey the benefits you have listed for fasting is very good.