Intermittent fasting is a scheduled way of eating that has benefits ranging from weight loss and improved digestion to more brainpower and easier eating habits.
Scheduled? That sounds complicated.
Actually, it’s simpler than how you’re eating now. Instead of dieting, you re-pattern the times you eat, not necessarily what you eat. As an alternate to three meals a day plus snacks, you eat during a window of time, while gently modifying the foods you eat.
Twice? Won’t I be hungry?
Right now you’re probably on a schedule already, getting hungry when that scheduled time nears. Because intermittent fasting is a daily lifestyle change, your body adjusts to the schedule. Times of fasting will vary depending on patients and current health conditions.
Okay, you’ve peaked my curiosity. What are the benefits?
Weight loss/lean muscle- science shows that IF causes you to produce more testosterone and human growth hormone which are essential in muscle building. As you’re burning fat you’re building lean muscle tissue.
Makes your daily eating habits simpler – most will be skipping breakfast, so you’ll only have to cook two meals, saving you precious time in the morning. However, if you happen to love breakfast food, you can certainly have your fill at lunch.
Improves your brain power- it’s been said that your gut is “your second brain.” When you eat, blood goes toward digestion. That is blood that could be going to your brain, giving you more clarity throughout your day.
Changes the function of your cells and genes- when you don’t eat for a while your body initiates cell repair as well as changes in genes that protect against disease.
Reduces oxidative stress and inflammation- you’ve heard of those unstable molecules called free radicals which damage important molecules in your body? Studies show that IF may enhance the body’s resistance to oxidative stress and fight inflammation, both causes of many common diseases.
Improves your digestion- giving your stomach a break from your “Fed State” will make digestion easier.
Reduces insulin resistance- you may see an impressive reduction in blood sugar levels.
What else might IF do for me?
While there hasn’t been a lot of research on the subject, the experimentation and reports are looking positive in regards to:
Prevention & Treatment of Cancer
Prevention of Alzheimer’s
Helping you live longer
Tell me why it works?
Because your body, usually in a “Fed State,” doesn’t get the opportunity to burn fat that is only accessible in the fasted state. Your body enters this fasted state in 12-20 hours for females and 16-20 hours for males, after your last meal. The fasted state is when your insulin levels are low so your body goes into a fat burning state that you don’t reach on a regular eating schedule.
How can I learn more?
We’d love to help! If you are interested in learning more about IF or are looking to fast track your metabolism, join us at Integrative Acupuncture on Saturday, April 8th from 1-3pm. Call our office to reserve your space. 561-819-0530