What is Intermittent Fasting?
I get asked all the time if I eat breakfast. And 2 years ago, I would have said ‘absolutely, that is the most important meal of the day’. For years, the fitness industry’s stance in terms of weight loss has been to restrict your calories and eat multiple small meals spread out throughout the day to keep your metabolism working all day long. That is, until recently. With new research coming out about the benefits of intermittent fasting in terms of weight loss and overall health and the industry is beginning to take note. While this incredibly effective nutritional strategy has not yet become mainstream, it is becoming more and more popular as the results truly do speak for themselves.
But the other big question is, WHAT is intermittent fasting… and why does it work? So let me break it down just a bit for you.
Intermittent fasting is not a diet, but an eating schedule. There are different protocols while intermittent fasting but one of my favorites is the 16/8. This is where you are fasting 16 hours each and every day. You are getting ALL your calories in in an 8 hour time period. The other one I do on occasion is the full 24 hour fast once a week.
Your body is always in one of two states (fed or fasted). In a fed state (digesting food) your insulin levels make burning fat a challenge. In the true fasted state (8-12 hrs after you finish digesting), your insulin levels are lower and able to reach into your fat stores. Regular mini meals (like the fitness industry used to suggest) spikes your insulin levels constantly!
Intermittent fasting allows your body time without food to spend more of its energy on internal healing and repair. And the energy sources it will pull from can be fat.
The biggest thing with intermittent fasting is that you need to get your calories in. This is not a fad where you decrease calories - and if you’ve worked with me in the past, you know how much I support EATING!
Intermittent fasting sounds like a big, scary thing, but it is actually a simple nutritional strategy that has incredible effects on fat loss, energy levels and overall health. If you are ready to start incorporating this into your life for INCREDIBLE results, I would love to teach you how in my next virtual fat loss bootcamp! Take a look at my next online bootcamp!