Transform Your Body in Weight Loss with Intermittent Fasting
Calories in, calories out - a fad of the past! More and more people are proving that intermittent fasting is so promising. Some research shows it improves biomarkers of disease, reduces oxidative stress and preserves learning and memory function. But, it’s the weight loss we’re after and intermittent fasting works so well that people are raving about it, even researchers.
According to Healthline, Intermittent fasting (or "IF") is an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting. It is a very popular health and fitness trend, with research to back it up.
There are more moderate proponents of fasting. Their take on intermittent fasting is to eat sensibly most of the time, eat nothing for an extended period every now and then, indulge on one “cheat day”. An example would be a 6-day intermittent fast with a 7th day cheat. That would include a 12 hour fast and eat during the 6 hours. But, only you can set your desired fasting timeline.
The National Institute of Health research, provides a role to back up the health benefits and reduction of disease to sensibly incorporate fasting into your lifestyle.
Humans have been fasting for thousands of years for various reasons from lack of food, religious reasons and some for health (illness) issues.
It’s no surprise that humans and other animals often instinctively fast when sick. It’s our physical alert system to purge out an illness, which our bodies are well equipped to handle.
Fasting allows our entire body to sort out health processes and heal during illness or famine allowing for hormone, gene and cellular repair processes. We will also see significant reductions in blood sugar and insulin levels and a drastic increase in human growth hormone according to The National Institute of Health.
Many people do intermittent fasting in order to lose weight, as it’s a very simple and effective way to restrict calories and burn fat according to The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Others do it for the metabolic health benefits, as it can improve various risk factors and health markers.
There is also some evidence that intermittent fasting can help you live longer. Studies in rodents show that it can extend lifespan as effectively as calorie restriction.
Some research also suggests that it can help protect against diseases, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer's disease and others.
Other people simply like the convenience of intermittent fasting. It's not just a fad anymore, it’s an effective "life hack" that makes your life simpler, while improving your health at the same time. The fewer meals you need to plan for, the simpler your life will be. Not having to eat 3-4+ times per day (with the preparation and cleaning involved) also saves an extraordinary amount of time.
There are so many ways to intermittent fast, but here are 6 different ways to do intermittent fasting.
Having worked with intermittent fasting using the keto and paleo diet combined, I can say without a doubt that intermittent fasting works. The key is to find the foods your body needs and omit foods it doesn’t.
By first eliminating some foods alone, you will help your body lose weight, but once you add intermittent fasting, the change is dramatic. Here is a list of a few foods I cut out while intermittent fasting:
6. Processed and packaged foods.
Weight gain is not an acceptance of aging anymore! It affects the young, millennials and the elders. We are responsible for our own health and many of us are seeking long term results of weight loss. Intermittent fasting is definitely a program to consider. See also Tedx Talks Intermittent Fasting: Transformational Technique | Cynthia Thurlow | TEDxGreenville.