Have you heard of intermittent fasting? Brief periods of fasting are good for your health (for some people). We’ll get into that in a minute.
Common intermittent fasts involve 12-16 hour-long fasts, or fasting for 24 hours at a time.
I prefer the 12-16 hour long fasts because they do not interfere with daily life so much. You aren’t eating while you’re sleeping basically (which is difficult to do anyway ;)). All you need to do is have an early dinner, and then a late breakfast the next day. For example, what I do is eat dinner at 5 or 6pm, and then have breakfast after 7 or 8am.
More hours of intermittent fasting doesn’t necessarily promote additional health benefits (more isn’t always better). Intermittent fasting 2-3 times a week can be beneficial.
Here’s what I love about intermittent fasting:
It’s easy since you are mostly sleeping during the fasting window
It has been shown in the research to have benefits for gut and skin health (two of my favorite things to help people with)
It has benefits on weight loss
Your body adjusts levels of certain hormones to make stored fat available to burn for fuel
Fasting allows your body to initiate important repair functions
It leads to changes in gene expression that promote longevity and prevention from disease
About that last point and prevention from disease, here are some other benefits of fasting:
Reduced markers of inflammation
Reduction in insulin resistance
Lowers LDL cholesterol and therefore benefits cardiovascular health
Improved brain health
Is intermittent fasting right for you? Take caution if you:
It may not be as beneficial for women as it is for men
Have disordered eating habits or an eating disorder
Are pregnant or breastfeeding
Have low blood pressure
Have blood sugar regulation problems
Have hormone imbalances (sex, stress, thyroid)
The best thing to do is to talk to a health professional to see if intermittent fasting is right for YOU. Remember, one sizes doesn’t fit all.
I had a client report benefits of intermittent fasting on her eczema, which is what inspired me to write about it, and record this video!
Don’t forget I’m here to help. Contact me with any questions you have.
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