Intermittent Fasting, what is it all about?

Intermittent Fasting, what is it all about?intermittent fasting

Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting. It does not say anything about which foods to eat (wholesome food would be ideal), but rather when you should eat them. There are numerous different intermittent fasting approaches, all of which split either the day or week into eating periods and fasting periods. You will find that most people already “fast” every day, while they asleep. Intermittent fasting can be as simple as extending that fasting for a little longer. This can be achieved by skipping breakfast, eating your first meal at noon and your last meal at 8 pm.

Then you’re technically fasting for 16 hours every day, and restricting your eating to an 8-hour eating window. This is the most popular form of intermittent fasting, known as the 16/8 method. Despite what you may think, intermittent fasting is easy to do. Many people report feeling better and having more energy during a fast.

Hunger is usually not that big of an issue, although it can be a problem in the beginning, while your body is getting used to not eating for extended periods of time. Make sure plenty fluids are consumed and No food is allowed during the fasting period.  To assist the fast, you can drink plenty of water, black coffee and herbal teas. Taking supplements or herbal medicine is generally allowed while fasting, if there are no calories in them



Intermittent Fasting Changes the Function of Cells, Genes and Hormones

Insulin levels: Blood levels of insulin drop significantly, which facilitates fat burning.

Human growth hormone: The blood levels of growth hormone may increase as much as 5-fold. Higher levels of this hormone facilitate fat burning and muscle gain, and have numerous other benefits

Cellular repair: The body induces important cellular repair processes, such as removing waste material from cells


Intermittent Fasting Can Help You Lose Weight and Belly Fatintermittent fasting 2

Generally intermittent fasting will make you eat fewer meals.

End up taking in fewer calories.

Enhances hormone function to facilitate weight loss.

Lower insulin levels, higher growth hormone levels and increased amounts of norepinephrine (noradrenaline) all increase the breakdown of body fat and facilitate its use for energy.


And, according to Clark in body and soul website , the positive changes that occur when you fast are:

  • Blood levels of insulin drop significantly, which improves blood glucose control and facilitates fat burning.
  • Blood levels of the human growth hormone increases, which helps facilitate fat burning and muscle growth.
  • The body undergoes important cellular repair processes – such as removal of waste products from cells.
  • Decrease in triglyceride and LDL cholesterol levels, which are all associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  • Beneficial changes in gene expression, related to longevity and protection against inflammation and disease.



Exercise can still be done with Intermittent Fasting

Maintaining a consistent exercise routine is important for your health — both physical and mental .

So if you’re following an Intermittent fasting  plan, here are the best ways to structure your workouts so you can still get great results:

1. Keep cardio low-intensity if you’ve been fasting.

2. Go high-intensity only after you’ve eaten

3. “Feast” on high-protein meals.

4. Remember: Snacks are your friend.



Any new diet change should be consulted with medical practitioner 

The information and reference materials contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader. It is not to be used for treatment purposes, but rather for discussion with the patient’s own physician. The information presented here is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of professional medical care.

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Rodd Sanchez Sydney acupuncture and Chinese medicine