What is Intermittent Fasting?

Yes, you can still have your coffee!

Have you heard of it, but you aren’t quite sure how to implement it? There are many different fasting protocols- 12:12, 14:6, 16:8, 20:4. The most common form of fasting is the 16:8 protocol, and it’s the one that we encourage in the FASTer Way to Fat Loss. You will choose an 8 hour “feeding” window and spend 16 hours in a “fasting” state. Keep in mind that you are sleeping part of that time! Also, this is not one size fits all. Modifications are made for individuals who are nursing or have health conditions that the feeding: fasting time would need to be adjusted for.

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Your body is always in one of two states:

1. fed (anytime you are digesting food)

2. fasted (8-12 hours after your body finishes digesting)

So when you practice IF, you consume your meals or calories during a specific eating window of your awake hours. The cool thing is Intermittent Fasting doesn’t necessarily change WHAT you eat, it actually changes WHEN you eat.

This makes intermittent fasting a super easy strategy to implement, right now!

“But, isn’t breakfast the most important meal of the day?”

Science is beginning to show us that intermittent fasting has a ton of benefits from preventing diseases, boosting your immune system, lowering insulin levels and much more.

Benefits of Intermittent Fasting include:

Fat loss – When our bodies are in a constantly FED state, our body uses glucose for energy. When our bodies are in a FASTED state, our bodies use some glucose for energy by dipping into glycogen stores, and THEN it begins to dip into fat stores. This turns our bodies into fat burning machines! 

Regulated blood sugar– IF regulates blood sugar by preventing the peaks and valleys and keeps us at a steady state. There will be a decrease in insulin levels paired with an increase in human growth hormone.

Decreases inflammation in the body

Improved digestion

Better sleep

Reduced cravings

Improved memory– Not only does intermittent fasting help with weight loss, recent research and clinical trials suggest that sustained fasting regiments maintained over months and years improve memory along with executive function, and overall cognition. Speeds up cellular renewal, specifically turnover renewal of proteins in the brain. This is attributed to cognitive function.

See? It’s not bad at all!

Intermittent Fasting should not be done without proper research. If you are interested in IF and need someone to guide you, I’d love to personally coach you!

Intermittent Fasting is a highly effective strategy, but when you combine it with whole foods, balanced macros, effective workouts, and carb cycling, you will become a fat-burning machine!

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