The Surpising Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

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The Surpising Benefits of Intermittent Fasting Is starting your day with breakfast really the healthiest way?

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I have never been a big breakfast eater. But, when I first started on my “get healthy” journey, I thought if breakfast was the most important meal of the day, then I had better start eating it. I struggled with losing those last few pounds and keeping them off though. And it was one more meal that I needed to plan and make sure was healthy. I had never even heard of intermittent fasting.

My naturopathic doctor recommended intermittent fasting to me one day, and I kind of thought that was crazy. I knew that fasting had great spiritual applications, but I hadn’t thought of it from a health perspective. I had been ingrained in the belief that you have to eat small meals multiple times a day, or at least start out with a big breakfast. That may work for some people, but it was always a struggle for my lifestyle. So, I started doing some research, and apparently there were lots of benefits to allowing your body time to do what it needs to do in between meals.

 

Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

  1. Going extended time without food, even 14 hours a day, can improve your metabolism by regulating your hormones.
  2. When you break your fast with breakfast, you are breaking the fat-burning time your body has, so don’t do it unless you are actually hungry.
  3. You burn fat more efficiently while you are fasting because you are not digesting your food.
  4. Human growth hormone is our fat burning hormone, and it is active at night (as long as you don’t eat right before bed). Intermittent fasting gives our human growth hormone more time to work.
  5. In addition, fasting improves brain function, improves mood, reduces blood pressure and triglycerides, enhances weight loss, and helps limit cancer growth. For more information on all these benefits, check out this book.

 

Some Recommendations to Make Intermittent Fasting Easier

  1. If you are a fat burner instead of a sugar burner, this comes naturally. Instead of forcing yourself to eat all the time, you can let your body guide you. And, you don’t get so hungry that you get angry!
  2. Maria Emmerich writes all about intermittent fasting in her book, Keto-Adapted. I highly recommend this book, but one of her tips to help you with intermittent fasting is to take 3 grams of l-glutamine to help with cravings, and try skipping dinner and going to bed one hour earlier. 
  3. For me, it is easier to skip a meal in the morning and then have a healthy lunch and dinner. You can also take l-glutamine with each meal to help with cravings.

 

For me personally, I feel better when I limit myself to two meals a day and don’t snack all the time. It is easier for me to plan (cuts meal planning from 21 meals down to 14 meals a week, although I still feed the kids breakfast), comes naturally to me and I don’t have to force myself to eat, and helped me shed those last few pounds much easier.

Have you tried intermittent fasting? What were the results?

Jen

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