As a fitness leader throughout the years, I was always taught to eat small meals 5-6 times a day to keep my metabolism going. However, my husband, Dr. Ricky Fox, has recently been studying different facets of nutrition, one being intermittent fasting. I am intrigued and amazed at this concept. Ricky always points out that our ancestors were doing this as hunters and gatherers many, many years ago. The obesity rate was much lower back then—probably even non-existent—along with all the diseases associated with today’s commercially produced foods. It seems to me there really is something to this…
To jump right in and make sure we’re all on the same page, fasting means not consuming any calories. Intermittent fasting is cycling through periods of fasting and non-fasting on a regular basis. We are focusing on the practice of intermittent fasting in this post.
One compelling reason to try intermittent fasting is that it has the potential to lower your risk for disease. Periods of fasting have been shown to help people stay healthy. It can lower blood pressure and cholesterol as well as allowing the body to metabolise fat and glucose faster. For these reasons, it reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
But don’t forget the brain! Your brain fulfills a large percentage of your body’s energy requirements, so it’s constantly in need of refueling. Intermittent fasting can do just that. Without getting too technical, studies have shown that intermittent fasting can help improve memory, reduce depression, and may even slow down the onset of Alzheimer’s.
Intermittent fasting may also help regulate chemicals and hormones that are essential to keeping your body working efficiently and effectively. It kicks on your metabolism and facilitates fat burn, which leads me to the weight loss effect. Many people hear the word “fasting” and immediately think of losing weight. While it can help with shedding a few pounds, intermittent fasting is more about getting your body back on track internally, not managing appearance externally. However, due to the increased metabolism and growth hormone, it is possible to lose some weight while practicing intermittent fasting.
Whether you’ve fasted before or not, consider giving intermittent fasting a shot! With more and more research being done on the topic the benefits keep piling up. Not sure how to get started? Reach out! Ricky and I would love to help you on your journey to better health. You can always find my videos on Lauren Fox on Demand and reach out to me on the website!
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