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You’ve likely heard of Intermittent Fasting (IF), but you might now know much about it. What is it? What are the benefits? How long do you fast? I want to address all of these questions, as well as add some of my own personal experiences with it.
IF is a way of eating, not a diet. IF is when you establish specific windows of feasting and fasting (i.e. not eating). The feasting window is shorter than the fasting window; in some cases, it is half the time of the fasting window.
Intermittent Fasting has been shown to have a positive impact on insulin resistance, and can lead to reductions in blood sugar levels. IF has also been shown to improve a number of risk factors in heart disease patients such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglycerides.
Here are a few examples of how clients implement IF into their daily routine are as follows:
I personally have seen great things come out of intermittent fasting. Initially it was a intimidating idea--to not eat for 16 hours. But once I started doing it, I learned a lot about my eating patterns. My fasting window is from 5p-9a. I have always had one time of day that I am the hungriest, at 3p. Once I started intermittent fasting, my food fell in line with what my body wanted. Now I fuel my body at the right time of day to drive my performance. I am on the go for the most of my feasting window, so grab-and-go foods are a must. I also work a couple evenings out of the week, so I have to be strategic with my schedule.
I hope this helps in understanding IF. If you are looking for more guidance, contact me for your free 15-minute consultation!