Intermittent Fasting Program! | Starting the Weight Loss Journey

Hey there! Let’s talk today about why you should even
consider being an intermittent faster. What are the benefits to this and is it tough
to stick with it? Now, intermittent fasting is a phenomenon
that is currently a very popular health and fitness trend. It involves alternating cycles of fasting
and eating instead of eating all hours of the day. And it’s not a diet, but rather an eating
pattern. It doesn’t include any rules about what foods
to eat but rather when you should eat them. Now, as quoted by Time Magazine, intermittent
fasting is becoming so popular because of one reason…It works!!! It works whether you are trying to lose weight
or just improve your biomarkers to achieve optimal health. Now, in a nutshell, it is the way we were
designed to eat, because it allows us to use fat as our primary fuel instead of carbohydrates
by adapting to the way our ancestors used to eat. The majority of Americans do not intermittent
fast. And this could be coincidence but in 2014
the obesity rate among American adults hit 30%… A 3% increase in just two years. What we’re doing is obviously not working. One thing that I really like to dive into,
are human studies and research done by scientists. For instance, did you know that your metabolic
rate actually increases short term after fasting? Studies concluded, right after fasting, there’s
a metabolic rate increase of near 4-14% for up to 48 hours. This is because the body will actually release
the stress hormone adrenaline to help sharpen the mind and give us energy. This hormone tells your fat cells to break
down body fat and stimulate your metabolism. Good stuff, right? Another study that I found was that the average
cost to lose roughly just 11 pounds ranges from $755 for joining a group that counts
points, to $2700 for the weight loss medication Orlistat. Unfortunately, the end result for the majority
of people on those diets is they end up spending thousands of dollars pursuing weight loss
without having any long-term success. However, intermittent fasting has been proven
to be a safe and effective approach that promotes not just fat loss, but actually improves overall
health in the ways that no other lifestyle modification can do. What differentiates intermittent fasting from
any other diet is extreme abundance of high-quality, peer-reviewed research to back up all of its
claims and results. It also serves as the way humans were physiologically
designed to eat…period! Mark Madsen, who is the senior investigator
for the National Institute on Aging says this: During the fast, cells are under a mild
stress and they respond to the stress adaptively by enhancing their ability to cope with stress
and maybe to resist disease. There’s considerable similarity between how
cells respond to the stress of exercise and how cells respond to intermittent fasting. That’s exciting news! We have long known that continuous fasting
offers tons of health benefits, but realistically, who is going to do this? Who is going to do multiple days of caloric
restriction to obtain such positive benefits? I know I wouldn’t. What makes intermittent fasting so appealing
is that it provides nearly identical health benefits (and even better benefits in some
categories) without being so difficult to implement and maintain. In a 2007 study out of the American Journal
of Clinical Nutrition, researchers divided participants into two groups. Each group consumed the same number of calories. The only difference was that one group consumed
all the calories in three meals spread out throughout the day while the other practiced
intermittent fasting, consuming the same number of calories, but in a restricted timeframe. What they discovered was amazing. The participants who ate in a smaller window
of time had a significant improvement in body composition, including a substantial reduction
in fat mass. Personally, I’ll do anything to simplify my
daily life. Intermittent fasting certainly does that for
me. I don’t wake up in the morning and think about
what to make for breakfast. I just drink my coffee and I start my day. The simplicity is the best reason alone to
give this a try. It provides countless health benefits without
requiring massive behavioral and lifestyle changes. Here is a list of some of the health benefits
intermittent fasting provides: massive fat burning and weight loss, increased human growth
hormone production…that’s big…enhanced brain function, insulin sensitivity, improved gut bacteria,
reduction in cancer, leptin sensitivity, ghrelin hormone normalization, elimination of sugar
cravings, increased lifespan and longevity. Woo! Throughout the two weeks, I promise to touch
base on all of those benefits because I think when you know why it is important to be doing
something, it becomes a lot easier to implement. Let’s face it, not many people would exercise
if they didn’t know the benefits of it for your health. People probably wouldn’t eat healthy foods
either if they didn’t know how necessary they were to living a long healthy life. So I don’t know about you, but it sounds like intermittent fasting is a lifestyle
we all need to adopt.


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