NUTRITION: Intermittent Fasting

November 14, 2016

I currently intermittent fast on most days. I've tried a couple of methods. The jury is in and the benefits include the following:

  1. Rejuvenates Your Blood and Immune System.

  2. Normalizing your insulin and leptin sensitivity, and boosting mitochondrial energy efficiency.

  3. Promoting human growth hormone production (HGH).

  4. Lowering triglyceride levels and improving other biomarkers of disease.

  5. Reducing oxidative stress.

  6. Protects your brain.

I’ve done the 5:2 method where you eat normally for 5 days and less for 2 days on about 500-700 calories. I’ve also done this by eating for a window of time each day limited to around 8 hours. This way I accomplish the task of essentially fasting 16 hours each day. Unsure which method works for you. Check out this info graphic below from Dr. Mercola. It may help lead you to what will work best for you.

 

Intermittent Fasting Info-graphic from Dr. Mercola

Intermittent fasting is not a form of starvation but a way for you to time your meals to maximize your body’s ability to burn fat. This serves as a guide for you to create a healthy eating plan, and reap the many benefits of fasting done the right way.

 

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