Today we’re going to talk about a nutritional technique that could be a total game changer for your immediate results, along with your long-term health. You may have heard of the concept of intermittent fasting (IF), but you may not know what it’s all about, and why it can be so incredibly powerful. The idea of fasting for long periods of time for health dates back to ancient times and it’s still used as a therapeutic method for people suffering from serious chronic diseases. But can shorter bouts of regular fasting help you achieve your short-term goals while also delivering some of the amazing long-term benefits of therapeutic fasting? New evidence suggests it can.
So what does Intermittent Fasting really entail? There are various schools of thought regarding IF, but we’re only going to focus on the system that is the most effective – and also the most doable. Essentially, you would restrict your eating every day to an 8-hour window and fast for the other 16 hours of the day. The most logical way to do this would be to eat an early dinner (around 6 or 7pm) and then have your first meal of the day the following day 16 hours after your dinner, at around 11am. The morning before your first meal you would still consume a lot of water, along with tea or coffee (no sweeteners or creamers) if you’d like.
Here are seven benefits of Intermittent Fasting:
- Weight Loss. Evidence is mounting that adding intermittent fasting to a healthy diet can be a more effective way to burn through fat than healthy eating alone.
- Improved Insulin Sensitivity. Fasting has been shown to have a beneficial effect on the effectiveness of insulin to take up glucose from the blood, keeping your blood sugar more stable.
- Help with Hunger Cravings. Most of the “hunger” symptoms most of us feel over the course of the day are in reality toxic withdrawal symptoms or learned habits rather than true hunger. The act of fasting can help your body essentially reset the hormones in your body to help you get more in touch with your true hunger symptoms.
- Improved Brain Function. Fasting helps increase the production of brain-derived neurotropic factor (BNF), a protein that promotes neural health.
- Improved Immune System. When your body doesn’t have to digest food, the immune system has time to go into overdrive to reduce free radical damage, reduce inflammation, and repair the body.
- Improved Recovery Time. IF is great for helping you recover from workouts for many of the same reasons it’s beneficial for your immune system. Allowing your body to go into a deeper repair state may translate to improved performance in your workouts.
- Improved Complexion. Just like above, when the body is liberated from having to focus on digestion, it can focus on the removal of toxins, which is incredibly beneficial for your skin.
We live in a society where food is always on our minds…but holding back from eating may be one of the most powerful things you can do for your health! We want to be clear, however, if you are currently on any medication, please check with your doctor before making any dietary changes.