Oh hey! Real quick disclaimer and then we can get to the good stuff! I’m not a medical professional. Please consult with your doctor before trying a new eating/workout regimine. This is what I am doing for myself and am sharing my experiences with you. On with the show!
Are you ready? Here’s the deal!
I am SO over being overweight! I am over being unhealthy! I am over looking like the mom who was so focused on her kids that she lost sight of herself. (Yes, I know that is what I am but I don’t REALLY have to look like it!!)
I have done the fad diets. I have done the cabbage soup. I have eaten more eggs for that egg diet. I tried the whole30. I felt great but it didn’t lose weight like I had hoped. I just looked at the keto diet and laughed. Mad props to people who can stick to that one!! That being said, I stumbled upon something I can really wrap my head around!
Intermittent Fasting! Now, if I put all the information into one blog post, you will be here for a really long time and feel overwhelmed with way too much information. This post is one of a 3 part series. I will show you the ins and outs of IF and how it is helping me lose weight! I have been doing it for 11 days and the scale has already dropped 5 pounds. I know most of this is water weight but that is the kick start I needed!
First and foremost, What is Intermittent Fasting?
IF is where you rotate between periods of eating and fasting. IF focuses more on WHEN you eat as opposed to WHAT. There are different types of fasting that I will
get into in post 2 of my 3 part series. This definitely doesn’t mean you can eat whatever you want during your eating window. Especially if you are fasting to help with weight loss, quality health conscious food is encouraged.
How is IF beneficial?
IF has MANY benefits. Like I have already stated, weight loss is a major benefit. Your body usually gets into a fasted state between 8 and 12 hours after your last meal. Once your insulin levels have settled and you no longer have any calories to burn, your body switches to stored fat as an energy. I will get into how long to fast and the different types of fasting in my next post.
Longevity!! IF forces the body to produce new cells and flush out the damaged ones. It also increases the amount of good bacteria in your gut, leaving you with a better immune system.
Reduces inflammation. It can help relieve pain from many inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, psoriasis, ulcerative colitis and allergies! (wow!)
Improves your digestive health. Giving your digestive system a break can help it to perform more efficiently and extract maximum nutrients of the food you eat.
Reduces blood glucose levels. It prevents the accumulation of extra glucose in the blood and makes you more insulin sensitive.
Helps lower cravings. IF essentially uses your fat stores as energy and therefore does not need to rely on high carb foods for fuel. (Yes, there is an adjustment period but thats where water comes in!)
These are just some of the major benefits! In my next post I will be getting into the different kinds of IF. When should I eat/fast? How long? All of your questions will be answered!!
Any comments or questions? Hit me up here!!
As always, Thank you for reading and stay warm! It’s cold out there in the mitten!
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