Intermittent Fasting Introduction

November 20, 2017

 

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, 

than "when".

 

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:

 

Fat Loss

Brain Health

Cell Repair

Muscular Gains

Reduced Stress Levels

Cardiovascular Health

Increased Stamina

 

Not to mention helping with 

Depression

Type II diabetes

and Energy.

 

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

 

Hunger Pangs

Constipation

Headaches

 

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.

 

Join our Lifestyle Coaching VIP Community during the month of December to get a full course on Daily IF where you'll get not just the basics but the most imprint aspects. I want to make it not just doable but effective and enjoyable for you, so I have removed the overwhelm and dogma that goes into following diets and nutrition theories. 

Visit BecomeALifer.com to read more and to sign up!

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