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Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is quite simply cycling between periods of fasting and eating. It is hardly a new concept, having been used for centuries during food scarcity, and plays a central role in several spiritual traditions.

There are a variety of approaches to intermittent fasting with studies backing the potential benefits to your health and wellness. For some people, this means eating 6 days a week and fasting on the 7th day, or eating 3 days in a row and fasting on the 4th day, and for others, it means fasting 14-16 hours and eating 1 or 2 meals each day in a 4-6 hour window. One way to do this is to not eat after 6pm and then to skip breakfast, eating your first meal of the day between 10am and noon. I will talk about this again here in a second.

When done correctly, intermittent fasting can provide significant health benefits, including weight loss and support for type 2 diabetes. It can also simplify your lifestyle and save you money on food costs.

increase fiber on foodAccording to Dr. Jason Fung, at its very core, intermittent fasting allows the body to use its stored energy and burn off excess body fat. Body fat is merely food energy that has been stored away, and if you don’t eat, your body can be coaxed in to burning its own fat for energy, especially if you are priming the pump for physiological fat burning instead of simply burning carbs and sugar. In other words, intermittent fasting allows you to rely less on our glucose stores for energy and more on ketone bodies and fat stores.

Some of the purported health benefits of intermittent fasting include:

  • Weight and body fat loss
  • Increased fat burning
  • Lowered blood insulin and sugar levels
  • Possible reversal of type 2 diabetes, improved mental clarity and concentration, increased energy, improved blood cholesterol profile, and reduction of inflammation

According to Dr. Axe, the easiest way to try out intermittent fasting is the “…16/8 method, a form of time-restricted eating. This typically just involves skipping your evening snack after dinner and skipping breakfast the next morning as well.” If you don’t eat anything between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. the next morning, you’ve just fasted for 16 hours. This leaves you a 6-hour window to eat 2 really healthy meals, including healthy fats.

As with anything, intermittent fasting is not for everyone. If you have questions on how we at LAWC use intermittent fasting as part of our metabolic healing program and DNA-based weight loss, we would love to support you.

If you’re looking for a way to kick up fat burning and weight loss, and improve your overall wellness, intermittent fasting is one more step you can take to do your part in creating the highest level of health possible for you!


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