As many of you know, I’ve been following the Primal Diet (low carb, healthy fat, not much sugar at all) as well as doing IF(intermittent fasting). For those whose impressions of fasting involve hunger strikes or gaunt figures sitting in meditation, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Intermittent fasting to me is simple and looks like this – Don’t eat after 8pm and skip breakfast….that’s it.
As Mark Sisson, creator of the Primal Diet said, he enjoys mixing it up beyond the use of one approach by missing meals naturally or on an unplanned basis in addition to full day fasts. Let your choice(s) fit with your personal/family schedule, natural rhythms, and your personality (some of us are meticulous planners and some are more spontaneous – “and that’s O.K.”). The point of IF is this: episodic deprivation takes your body “off the track” for a while and allows systems to reinvigorate and recalibrate (also known as up-regulating and/or down-regulating gene expression). And there are tons of documented benefits of doing so.
- Insulin levels drop significantly, which facilitates fat burining
- Short-term fasting actually increasesyour metabolic rate by 3.6-14%, helping you burn even more calories
- Intermittent Fasting Can Reduce Insulin Resistance, Lowering Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
- Can reduce inflammation in the body
- May have important benefits for brain health. It may increase growth of new neurons and protect the brain from damage
Just google Intermittent Fasting and you’ll get a world of knowledge on the benefits and all the research that’s being done.
As for me, I can personally attest to the fact that I’ve dropped weight around my waist, my brain fog has lifted and I feel fantastic. And, some of other benefits I’ve experienced is; when I go off on a ‘let’s party’ tangent and eat what I want and drink a few cocktails, my body seems to rebound much quicker and I don’t automatically put weight back on. I’ve been able to maintain my lower weight now for over 2 months.
If you’re interested in learning more about Intermittent Fasting and how to do it, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll help you out as much as I can!