Looking to bust your weight loss plateau, fight disease, and age more powerfully?
Let me introduce you to:
A pattern of eating when you eat during certain times & fast during others.
Intermittent Fasting (known as IF) is all about when you eat. Many people hear the word “fast” and think IF is a plan about starving, but that is not the case. You’re not focused on eating less, you’re just eating your meals in a shorter window of time. It’s not meant to be deprivation, it just gives your body a rest & reset.
Animal and human studies are finding benefits to IF such as weight loss, increased fat burning, enhanced immunity, healthier aging, and improved cholesterol, blood sugar, and insulin levels.
There are several ways to do IF, but one of the more popular is eating meals in an 8-hour window and fasting for the remaining 16 hours.
WHAT I RECOMMEND:
I recommend people who are interested in IF start by trying a lighter version of intermittent fasting. I call it the 12 on – 12 off plan. It’s when you eat meals within a 12-hour window and then you don’t eat for 12 hours (think 8pm to 8am) to allow your body to rest. Studies suggest that you can get more benefit from fasting longer, but the 12-12 option gives some benefit, without being too difficult to do. Compromise, nice.
You pick your own 12 hours, and it may not be the same every day. Look at the clock after your last bite of food, and count 12 hours to see when your next meal will be. Again, this isn’t meant to be starvation, just a rest & reset for your body. When done with a loving intention, IF can be a powerful wellness tool.
Giving your body time & space without food is very healing, reparative, and your body can do its own auto-clean mode, just like an oven.
Listen, IF is not a magic bullet. The secret to health & weight loss is that there is no secret. Successful people eat healthy food (most but not all of the time!) + right ratios + exercise. But, Intermittent Fasting could be another wellness tool to add to this solid foundation.
Try 12 on-12 off for 7 days straight. If you love it, keep it going. If not, ditch it. Trust yo’ self and listen to your body. It’s smarter than you. xx
NOTE: If you have a history of extreme dieting, restriction, disordered eating and can’t do IF with a loving intention and instead it’s triggering, then skip this!
BONUS: Hydration becomes your best friend when you’re fasting. Click here for 7 tricks to hit your daily water targets.
Maria Damon says
I have been wanting to try this. I understand the health benefits…I don’t need to lose weight. It looks fairly easy especially the 12 suggestion. Thanks for getting me motivated!