Updated: Nov 19, 2019
Intermittent fasting also known as IF is an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting. I have been doing what is called "16/8 Method" or "Lean/Gain" for about 2 years now and I have seen phenomenal results which I will share with you now.
The 16/8 Method means you fast for 16 hours and eat for 8. As I always say, food is fuel so you want to your fuel your body with healthy foods and plenty of plant based foods. I usually break my fast about 11 am with my biggest meal of the day or lunch. I then eat a snack around 3 pm and a light supper at about 7 pm.
Technically I do not fast as I take my supplements which have calories (pre-workout and intra-workout drinks) before my early morning workouts at 5am. But I do not actually eat a real meal until 11am. Supplements I recommend.
I consider myself an intuitive eater meaning I eat what I feel my body needs when it needs it. I know what fuels my body properly and eat accordingly. I do have a few vices but most of the time I am right on track as far as my eating goes.
Benefits of IF: We get significant reductions in blood sugar and insulin levels, as well as a drastic increase in human growth hormone Click here to read my blog post on 2 Ways to Improve Growth Hormone Naturally.
I have a tendency to have spikes in my blood sugar. This is called hypoglycemia. This can make one very irritable and very hungry at times. I have found a huge reduction in my hypoglycemia since introducing IF to my lifestyle.
Some research also suggests that it can help protect against diseases, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer's disease and others.
Whatever the case I find IF to be very beneficial to my 50 plus active lifestyle and adds great benefit to my #combatagingwithwellness.
Until next time, have a healthy day! Kathie :)