The Truth About Fasting
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 during the other shorter periods, you will eat. Please note you still consume the same amount as if you were eating for a more extended period during the IF shorter periods. There is no one way to fast; in fact, there are many different fasting types.
Fasting can result in better gut health, improved weight management, and possibly 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 fuel or nourish your body correctly. - 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 to feel the full effects. - Keep a food journal. - The stress of fasting might be worse than following a regular, non-fasting meal plan.
Keep this in mind if you’re struggling to stay on track.
Also, a quick reminder that IF is not suitable 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.