Intermittent fasting is a phrase you will hear very often now in the weight loss industry, it has been around in some form for decades, but it has recently taken the diet and fitness industry by storm and that’s because it has huge benefits and can have many of the benefits of the deeper fasts without the stress and strain of giving up food completely.
One of the key benefits of intermittent fasting is to give your gut enough time to heal between meals for the bacteria to do their work without having to stop everything and digest incoming food. There are many ways to follow an intermittent fast, and the Muslim practice of not eating between sunrise and sunset is an example of intermittent fasting. Fasting stabilizes and reduces blood sugar, it raises good cholesterol while lowering bad cholesterol, it reduces inflammation and improves insulin sensitivity, which is vital for fat loss.
Key benefits of Intermittent Fasting
Microbiome – get your microbes all sexed up!
In terms of promoting healthy bacteria, as well as making sure you eat copious amounts and varieties of vegetables, guidelines are to consume all your meals within a maximum of 10 hours so that you have a 14-hour intermittent fast in between. This allows your microbes to reproduce and to carry out their work undisturbed (just like the cleaners coming into the office when the working day is done). What you really want is to have VERY healthy microbes in your body reproducing as much as possible! Basically, anything you can do to create a good microbe orgy inside your gut will yield great health benefits!
Regular intermittent fasting can reduce insulin resistance, which is a key factor in type 2 diabetes and PCOS and improve your body’s ability to balance blood sugar. I cannot stress enough how relevant this is if you have struggled to lose weight in the past, improving your insulin sensitivity is essential for permanent weight loss and in maintaining a healthy weight, without “dieting”.
When you improve your sensitivity, blood sugar is stabilised, and physical cravings reduce or disappear. Intermittent fasting allows you to reconnect with authentic as opposed to “fake hunger” signals and your emotional relationship with food is greatly improved as well as your health.
Intermittent Fasting is the kind of fast I recommend the most. Deep fasting (in all its forms) can be hugely beneficial, but if you go back to putting processed or high GI foods in your gut as soon as you resume eating, any benefits will be undone. When you fast intermittently for several days per week (eat all your meals within a max of 10 hours or less) you are encouraging ongoing restoration and healing. This approach can become part of a lifestyle choice and very soon becomes second nature.
I started using intermittent fasting 2 days per week, then it went to 3, then 4 and soon I found myself doing it most days without having to think about it. The first thing I noticed was that the desire to snack just disappeared. I ate when hungry and didn’t worry about amounts, some meals were (and are!) very large; but because they are well balanced as per the Colour Code System, I felt great, I noticed a difference in mental energy, and even started to sleep better. For me this is now a way of life. I should add that I am not neurotic about it, if I am invited out for an evening meal I don’t say no if it’s going to take me over my 10 hours! I simply follow the intermittent fasting principle naturally as many days as it fits into my schedule. Because it works.
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