Intermittent fasting has been used by many cultures fore centuries as a way to reset the body and brain, release stubborn fat/impurities and improve overall health. In modern society, we have come up with a variety of ways to utilize intermittent fasting, depending on your lifestyle and goals.
Some of the benefits of intermittent fasting include:
- Improves your body’s cellular cleansing system
- Healthy aging: my help to extend your life expectancy
- Improves brain health
- Reduces oxidative stress and inflammation
- Can reduce insulin resistance, which can lower your risk for type 2 diabetes
- Assists you in losing stubborn weight and belly fat
- Improves the function of your cells, genes and hormones
Technique #1: Skip A Meal: Sometimes we get into the habit of eating on a schedule, and eating out of habit rather than hunger. For this technique, either plan to skip one scheduled meal a day OR skip a meal if you’re not feeling hungry. Listen to your body and it’s clues.
Technique #2: Shorten Your Eating Time Frame: Condense your time to eat each day into a smaller time frame. Rather than allowing yourself your wake time to eat, fit all of your food into a 4-7 hour stretch during the day. Once your 4-7 hour window has ended, you are officially fasting until the window begins again the next day.
Technique #3: 2 Meals A Day (AM/PM): Condense your meals into 2 meals for the entire day, one in the AM and one in the PM. For instance, you are only eating breakfast and dinner each day.
Technique #4: Full Day Fast: After dinner ends, you fast for the next 24 hours, not eating again until dinner the following evening, or even breakfast the morning after. This can be done on a weekly basis as a way to continually reset the body.
When you’re fasting and utilizing a specific window of time to eat, be sure not to use that time to stuff your face. You should only eat until you feel satiated, and be sure to eat clean, whole food meals. If you fuel your body with junk or processed food after fasting, you are doing your body more harm than good.
Many people have started utilizing Bulletproof coffee as part of their intermittent fasting regimen. It’s a good option to help support the body and keep you feeling satiated while you’re not eating. There are also other teas and programs that incorporate supplements on the market that can support you during a fast. These can help to make the cleansing process more enjoyable and help you to continue to incorporate fasting as part of an extended lifestyle plan.
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