What IF You Did Intermittent Fasting?.
There is a lot of talk lately about Intermittent Fasting (IF),
(Ah, that "IF" in the title wasn't a typo after all)
but what is it really?
What can you eat?
When can you eat?
Is IF actually healthy?
How safe is it?
As we dig into these questions,
let's make sure we are all on the same page
with what IF really is.
In a nut shell, Intermittent Fasting
simply focuses on the time frames of
when you do and don't eat.
IF ("IF" from here on out... I promise)
Is not a diet.
It has less to do with "what" you eat,
When it comes to the "when",
there are a quite a few options to choose from,
though the "Leangains Protocol" seems to be
the most popular.
This is where you give yourself a consistent
window to eat each day,
(typically 8 hours, skipping breakfast)
and a block of nothing but zero calorie fluids
(subsequently 16 hours, beginning after dinner.)
Because IF is not a diet,
there are no dietary restrictions.
That being said, gorging yourself during
eating times and/or consuming a bunch of
unhealthy foods will give you
little or negative results.
Therefore the better your eating choices,
the better the results.
Ok, so now that we know what IF is,
why do it?
Reports on the benefits of IF are many:
Reduced Stress Levels
Not to mention helping with
Type II diabetes
Why is this?
Let me start by saying...
Our Bodies Are Amazing!!!
When we eat, our bodies go to work,
breaking down and processing our food.
When we give our system a break from
the constant cycle of food intake,
it is freed to use its energy repairing, strengthening and
removing dead cells.
This also allows the our body to tap into
our stored glycogen for energy,
thus burning fat.
So what's the catch?
Other than the obvious eating restrictions,
there are some other down sides which include
along with the possible complications where
food is required when taking medication.
It is always best to talk with your doctor when
starting a new eating plan to make sure
it is right for you,
especially when taking medication.
There are many questions and debates
on what can be consumed during
the fasting period other than water.
As a rule of thumb, anything that has a
caloric value will break a fast as it
stimulates the production of insulin, although benefits are still achieve when consuming an extremely moderate amount of calories scubas a splash of cream in your coffee.
If you really need cream in your coffee for example,
Coconut oil is your go to as it is pure fat vs.
milk protein in creamer
Artificial sweeteners and of course sugars
are also a no. We cover more details like this in my IF course.
As with any eating plan, or "diet"
it all comes down to what is sustainable
and that your able to stick with while
still producing results.
Hopefully this cleared up some of the stigma
behind Intermittent Fasting
(whoops, I mean "IF")
and I look forward to reading any comments,
answering questions, and hearing about
your experiences with IF.
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