I want to share with you something that I’m super excited about! Intermittent fasting has been something I’ve tried before, but now more than ever I realize how much it can do for your body. While the weight loss is a great positive, there really is so much more it can help your body with. As funny as it sounds, I’ve actually intermittent fasted before without realizing it. Back when I was in high school, in the eighties, I remember doing some form of intermittent fasting. To be honest, at the time I thought it was “starving myself.” I now know better! No doctors ever recommended it. I feel like all I was ever told was to eat lots of small meals a day, that breakfast was the most important meal, the list goes on and on.
As someone who has been in the health field for a long time now, these tips just didn’t work for me. I didn’t like eating six small meals a day. It didn’t work for me! It actually makes me feel like I’m more hungry, which is the opposite effect of what I’m going for!
What is Intermittent Fasting?
I want to clear up something real quick. Intermittent fasting doesn’t mean changing what you eat. While I totally believe in a healthy and balanced diet, intermittent fasting is all about changing when you eat. For me, this looks like not eating after a certain time at night and skipping breakfast the next day. It may look different for you, of course. I’ve also heard the myth that if you don’t eat regularly it can ruin your metabolism. What I’m finding in my research, and through a book I’m reading written by a doctor who has studied this, is that it actually increases your metabolism after a fast.
Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
Along with an increased metabolism, intermittent does a lot of amazing things for your body. Here’s a list of what intermittent fasting can do for you:
- Produce massive fat burning
- Weight Loss
- Increased Human Growth Hormone
- Enhanced Brain Function
- Helps with Insulin Sensitivity
- Reduction in Cancer
- Helps with Leptin Sensitivity
- Normalizes Ghrelin hormone
- Decreased Sugar Cravings
- Decreased Oxidation Stress
- Increased Lifespan
Let’s be real…after reading all of that, what are you waiting for?
The hormones can be a lot to understand, so I’ll try to break it down for you a little bit. Ghrelin is what makes you feel hungry. WIth fasting, the hormone actually decreases, which helps you not to feel hungry all the time. It slows the hormone down. With insulin, your sensitivity will be increased with fasting. It helps you use the food you’re consuming more efficiently. Human growth hormone is responsible for a ton of important bodily functions such as muscle building, fat loss, and your metabolism. Research has actually shown that when women and men intermittent fast, they can increase their human growth hormone production by up to 2000 percent in men and 1500 in women! That’s pretty huge. Another big part of intermittent fasting is that, unlike low-calorie diets, you won’t lose a ton of muscle tone along with the fat.
Results I’ve Seen
All in all, I’m definitely on “team intermittent fasting.” My energy level is high, I feel great, I can tell I’ve lost weight, my depression issues have started to resolve, and I feel freedom that I don’t have to count calories. I truly think that intermittent fasting is kind of a miracle! I know more research will start to come out and more will start to get on board with it. This is just the beginning of my journey with intermittent fasting, and I can’t wait to share more with you later