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Intermittent Fasting- What is it and how does it work?

Growing up in the church when I hear the word fasting I automatically think of prayer. I started hearing about “Intermittent Fasting” last year, I honestly didn’t pay it much attention but recently one of my health conscious , gym rat friend suggested I do it after complaining that I couldn’t shake the last 7 pounds off my body. So in true mamachel fashion I had to research it and also take you guys along. Here we go!

What is Intermittent Fasting?

First we need to clarify that intermittent fasting is not a diet but a pattern of consuming food, it’s a way of eating. It’s basically scheduling your meals so you get as much out of each one. It’s a cycle of periods between fasting and eating. The reason it’s not a diet is because it doesn’t change What you eat, it changes How you eat. Nevertheless, the main reason people do intermittent fasting is to become lean, to lose excess fat that their body does not need. Intermittent fasting can also change levels of hormone to facilitate or create weight loss.

Although it is becoming popular again, it’s important to know that fasting has been around for ages. Some might even say that it’s more natural to the body than having several meals a day. Intermittent fasting can go anywhere from 16 hours to 24 hour fasting periods.

How Does It Work?

The 16:8 Method: This is the most popular method it usually involves skipping breakfast & consuming your meals within an 8-hour window then giving your body a break from food for the next 16 hours.

The 5:2 Diet or Fast Diet: This one takes 2 nonconsecutive days of a strict 500-600 calorie diet and five days of normal, clean food. 

Eat Stop Eat: This method involves fasting for 24 hours one to two times per week. So, if you’re going to fast on Sunday then you would stop eating after lunch/dinner Saturday until lunch/dinner the next day.

Although there are skeptics out there more proof is in support of Intermittent fasting actually being a legit way to lose weight. You are eating smaller meals so you may eventually lower your calorie intake, keep in mind that if you eat large meals when you break your fast then you are hurting your chances. When you fast you jump start your metabolism, this is a sure fire way to weight loss. Though weight loss is the main benefit to those doing intermittent fasting there are additional benefits, such as thought clarity, better sleep, more energy believe it or not, faster healing when working out.

Intermittent fasting is NOT for everyone. It is always best to consult a health professional before starting a new routine especially if you have a medical condition.

This is especially important if you:

  • Have diabetes.
  • Have problems with blood sugar.
  • Have blood pressure issues.
  • Take any form of medications.
  • Are underweight.
  • Have suffered from a eating disorders.
  • Trying to get pregnant.
  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding.

This can be great for you or not the best way is to carefully consider and prepare and try it out. Good luck!

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