Showing posts with label intermittent fasting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label intermittent fasting. Show all posts

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Why I'll Keep Intermittent Fasting

The term intermittent fasting has become clickbait recently.

The American Heart Association recently presented a summary of a study (not yet peer reviewed or published) out of China that focuses on intermittent fasting and dangers/risks it poses with heart disease and cancer. The study followed about 20,000 Americans over a period of 8-17 years and asked them to self report their eating habits. While there were several limiting factors, the study seems to say that people who fast 8-10 hours per day have a higher risk of death due to cardiovascular disease.

This study goes against previous research that has found that time-restricted eating improves several cardiometabolic health measures, such as blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol levels.

Why I'll keep intermittent fasting and encouraging my FASTer Way clients to do the same...

Intermittent Fasting is not a type of diet, it’s simply an eating schedule. 

Your body is always in one of two states: fed or fasted. In the fed state (any time your body is digesting food), your body’s insulin levels prevent you from burning fat. In the fasted state (8-12 hours after your body finishes digesting), your insulin levels are lower and your body is then able to reach into its fat stores for energy. 

The FASTer Way to Fat Loss has implemented intermittent fasting since 2016 with positive outcomes for clients. Members maintain proper caloric intake during a shortened period of time and focus on whole food nutrition, making sure to consume the right amount of protein, carbohydrates and fats by tracking food.

In a clinical study with the Applied Science Performance Institute in Tampa, participants who followed American Heart Association guidelines showed higher levels of fat, and higher cholesterol compared to those who followed the FASTer Way. 

One of the major benefits of being in a fasted state is the body’s ability to focus on cellular repair. The processes of apoptosis and autophagy allows the body to remove and recycle old and damaged cells that could potentially contribute to disease. Having been diagnosed with breast cancer last year, it is even more important to me to share that there are things we can do to reduce our risk of disease.

Inflammation in the body can be reduced through intermittent fasting, too. Yes! This is so powerful because inflammation is the root cause of many diseases. When done correctly, fasting for 12-16 hours each day has many other benefits, too -> improved gut health, cellular repair, better insulin sensitivity, and fat loss.

That is why I'll keep intermittent fasting.

More information:
Three things about intermittent fasting - watch here.
Learn more about the FASTer Way program with me here

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Are You A Sugar Burner or Fat Burner?

If someone asked you which you would rather be, a sugar burner or a fat burner, I think most of us would answer, fat burner. Especially if you are trying to lose fat.

Being a sugar burner means exactly that. Your primary source of fuel is glucose, which means your body has absolutely no reason to reach into your fat stores for energy. Your body is perfectly content to run on a steady supply of carbs that you are providing.

How do you know if you are a sugar burner? Ask yourself these questions:

1. Are you hungry shortly after eating?
2. Do you experience large swings in energy levels from high to low?
3. Do you have a craving for carbs and sugar in every meal?
4. Are you struggling to lose belly fat?

When you are a sugar burner consuming a high carb diet, your blood sugar increases forcing your body to produce more insulin. That insulin spike blocks the appetite control hormone leptin which prevents your brain from getting the signal that you are full. This creates an unhealthy cycle that leaves most people feeling continuously hungry, over-weight and in danger for developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes and other inflammatory problems.

The goal is to be a fat burner: to train your body to burn fat for fuel by eating the right amount of carbs, protein and healthy fats. 

When you are a fat burner, your body still burns the food you consume for fuel, but then it turns to fat stores for the rest. Using fat stores for energy means that your body can go for 6-8 hours without feeling hungry, you will lose fat and feel an increase in energy.

Fat burners still consume carbs, but they do it at the right time and for the right reasons. Intermittent fasting helps the process of becoming a fat burner because you aren’t giving your body a steady stream of glucose and your insulin levels remain low. Fat burners who carb cycle don’t experience energy crashes and are able to listen to the body’s hunger signs.

Pro fat burners pair intermittent fasting and carb cycling with the right workouts to increase the body’s fat burning process and build lean muscle. The more muscle you have, they higher your metabolism and the more fat your body burns naturally. 

If you answered yes to any of the questions I asked earlier, you can turn your body into a fat burner by joining my next round of FASTer Way to Fat Loss®. I will show you how to burn fat and get fit fast through straightforward nutrition and strategic workouts. Details and sign-up information here.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

3 Intermittent Fasting Tips

Intermittent fasting has become a health and fitness industry buzz word but there's a good reason for that: it works! 

What is it? intermittent fasting is an eating schedule that alternates between a FASTED state and a FED state during a defined time period. The point of using IF is to extend your fasting window to force your body to rely on stored fat for energy.

People are often skeptical when they hear the term intermittent fasting, however I want you to know that it is an effective practice that will help your body burn fat. I've been implementing IF for over two years and feel amazing.

Here are three intermittent fasting tips that you can do to start using this strategy today!

1. Try shortening your eating window. You don't have to jump into a 16 hour fast right away. Just try something that feels doable for you. Start with a 12 hour fast, see how that feels. When you are ready, try bumping up to 14 or even 16 hours of fasting. 

2. Drink plenty of water! Staying hydrated, especially during your fasting window, is very important. Start each day with a large glass of water (or two!) and keep drinking all day. It's also ok to drink black coffee, herbal teas and BCAAs during your fast. 

3. Focus on whole foods. Break your fast with a healthy balance of protein, carbohydrates and good fats. Eating whole foods fuels our body properly, prepares our body to function optimally and fills our body with appropriate macronutrients and micronutrients to sustain our fasting period.

I fully believe in the benefits of this lifestyle and encourage you to give it a try!

Let me know if you do in the comments below :)