By Chef Whitni, Whole Health Everyday
Intermittent fasting focuses on when to eat, not what to eat. It’s incredibly straightforward and doesn’t require any shopping lists or plans. With intermittent fasting, you abstain from food for longer than you usually would when following a diet plan. Doing this gives the body a break from constant food digestion and provides your gut and body a chance to regroup.
Fasting also kickstarts ketosis, the body’s natural fat-burning state, when it is deprived of glucose (sugar). This is one reason that intermittent fasting helps the body burn fat. When you don’t give your body a steady stream of glucose, it begins breaking down the glycogen to use as fuel. After the glycogen has been depleted, your body seeks out alternative sources of energy, such as fat cells, which it then breaks down to help power your body.
The 4 Major Benefits of IMF:
• Promotes a healthy weight
• Supports a healthy inflammation response
• Boosts cognitive health
• Help fight stress-induced cravings
The most common and easiest way to start intermittent fasting is the 16/8 method. You would fast for 16 hours and only eat during the remaining 8-hour window. You wake up, skip breakfast, start eating at lunchtime and end around dinner time (whatever the 8-hour period looks like for you), then begin the fast again. This would be your daily intermittent fasting schedule.
When in a fasting state, your body is already producing ketones. You should give intermittent fasting a try if:
• You want to simplify your lifestyle
• You want to support cognitive health
• You want to promote a healthy weight
• You’re looking for a way to reduce your daily calorie intake without traditional dieting.
NOTE: During your fast, you can enjoy black coffee, water, tea and other types of beverages.