Intermittent fasting seems to be the new buzzword for the past couple years. Intermittent fasting is not a diet but rather in eating pattern. It’s making a conscious decision to stop eating at certain time and start eating at a certain time.

It basically goes against what nutrition information has been telling us for the past few decades!

That it is important to start off the day with a healthy breakfast or that you have to eat six small meals throughout the day. While there are certain benefits for each of these, new research points to multiple benefits of intermittent fasting.

Although make no mistake, the benefits of eating smaller more regular meals are important for those who tend to skip meals, and up with slightly low blood sugar and over eat at their subsequent meals and throughout the day taking in far more calories than necessary leading to weight gain. Believe it or not, for these people intermittent fasting would also be beneficial as it helps with appetite regulation in the long run.

In terms of weight loss, during the fasted state, your body doesn’t have a recently consumed meal to use as energy so therefore it is more likely to pull from fat that is stored rather than glucose in your bloodstream from the recently consumed meal or snack. In contrast when you were eating regularly your insulin levels rise and fall according to the meals you consume and when your storage form of glucose is full (glycogen), which doesn’t take much by the way, the excess glucose is ushered into fat stores.

Another benefit of fasting is that in a fasted state growth hormone is also increased. With the combination of increased growth hormone secretion and decreased insulin production you are priming your body for that loss and muscle growth- an optimal result for improved overall body composition.

There are multiple ways to do intermittent fasting. I find that an overnight fast and a few hour fast in the morning or in early evening is the very best and most doable for the majority of people.

This would look like a 14 hour fast for women and 16 hour fast for men overnight. For example, I try to stop eating by 6 PM and try not to eat anything except for black coffee or green tea until 8 AM the next day. I probably take off one or two days during the week although this has been super beneficial not only for myself but for a large percentage of my clients as well!

Let’s face it, nothing good comes into our body after dinner or anything that we actually need. After dinner (or whatever you want to call your last meal) eating is usually just excess calories and junk or sweet stuff!

You could also eat normally then fast one or two times during the week. The one or two days you choose to fast you would fast for 24 hours, eat your last meal in the evening and then do nothing again until the following day at that time-Like 5pm to 5pm, have a balanced meal and resume normal eating the next day.

An important thing to remember is if you have an eating disorder or blood sugar regulation issues such as diabetes or hypoglycemia etc. it would be wise to discuss this method with your doctor before making changes to your diet. If you are on medication to regulate blood sugar you may need to discuss with your doctor or health professional to determine if any form of I.F. would be a wise option for you.

For those of you who like to get into the technical reasons of why’s and how’s, I’ve attached an excerpt from Dr. Mercola's site below….

Dr. Mercola has a few great explanations of I.F. benefits:

Health Benefits of Intermittent Fasting


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