Intermittent fasting (IF)

 Intermittent fasting

 (IF) or Intermittent Fasting is not a diet, but instead a pattern of eating. (IF) is when you eat a normal amount of food in a smaller time frame, while adding “intermittent” times to fast within your day. You may be the kind of person who does not feel hungry early in the morning, and you enjoy getting up and starting work early without eating. You grab a black coffee or cold refreshing drink to start your day, and do not have your first meal until 12:00 noon. Your eating window is from 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm, which provides you a window of opportunity to eat for 8 hours and another window to fast for the next 16 hours. This is intermittent fasting!

Today (IF) is a way of life for many, it can be done a few days a week or for those looking for extraordinary results 5-7 days a week.  (IF) has also become a new strategy to staying healthy and lean. My position on health and fitness is, go to your grave lean not over weight or obese. Point being, you can control food, don’t let food control you. And do it in a way that supports both your health and overall well-being, and fasting is one way to go about it.

One of the reasons I fast most days is because I like the way it makes my body feel, as well as the energy it provides. It also provides nutritional freedom where I can get my micro-macronutrients in within an eight (8) window of time, allowing me to accomplish many more tasks within any given day. And I’m much more alert throughout the day.

What are some benefits of Intermittent Fasting?

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  • Lifestyle change, because it takes you away from being a slave to eating all day long
  • Simplicity, keeps things simple so that you do not get into decision fatigue, this is where many make big mistakes when it comes to food and eating
  • Allows you to strip away only what is needed, discarding the excess so that you only have to focus on a small window of time, not the whole entire day
  • Provides more energy and focus, keeps you on task as your day begins, doesn’t bog you down as it might with a large breakfast
  • Reduces blood sugar and insulin because you are not ingesting donuts, bagels, or sugar loaded coffee which many ingest to start their day
  • Reducing excess calories, overloading the body with unnatural processed foods, and quickly improves metabolism
  • Increased fat loss, muscle gain, better health and overall performance
  • Its also a great travel strategy instead of making bad food choices on a plane
  • Improved blood work, cholesterol, LDL/HDL levels and hormones

In order for Intermittent Fasting to work, you must incorporate a high quality healthy meal plan that includes good macro and micronutrients within your eight (8) hour window when eating.