This post is contributed by One Drop member – Marina Heng.
My health & wellness journey consist of regular exercise (jog, run or brisk walk), TCM herbs & treatments to balance the Qi (flow of energy), deep tissue massage and a balance diet.
Ranna has asked me to share my “Intermittent Fasting (IF)” experience after we bump into each other at Young Living Experience Centre in Singapore the other day. She wanted to know secrets to keeping my shape and it was Intermittent Fasting. I am no expert and I did a lot of research before I started my journey. So here’s sharing some IF information with you.
1. What is Intermittent Fasting (IF)?
Weight loss without dieting or following a strict exercise routine. Results in weeks, not months!! Intermittent fasting works by prolonging the period when your body has burned through the calories consumed during your last meal and begins burning fat.
2. How to do Intermittent Fasting?
Here’s how it works : Between specified times of the day you don’t eat anything, you fast.
16:8 intermittent fasting is a form of time-restricted fasting. It involves consuming foods during an 8-hour window and avoiding food, or fasting, for the remaining 16 hours each day. For example, from 8pm until noon the next day you establish a fasting window. Outside of this window, you can eat what you want – within reason.
Important to note: It can take two to four weeks before the body becomes accustomed to intermittent fasting. You might feel hungry or cranky while you’re getting used to the new routine.
Advantages : IF conditions your body to accept and thrive on fewer calories. You will be less hungry and food cravings become rare. Why is that? Your body stops using the glucose from your food, it will switch to burning your glucose that has been stored in your body. You will feel fitter and more energised.
3. Young Living Products that can support your Fasting Window:
- Vitality Drops – add to your drinking water to freshen the taste during your fast.
- Grapefruit Essential Oil – the scent of Grapefruit can help carve appetite.
- Ning Xia Red – to nourish your body when you break your fast.
- Nitro – to provide the energy if you feel sluggish after the fast
During the times when you’re not eating, water and zero-calorie beverages such as black coffee and tea are permitted. Be mindful and take pleasure in eating good, nutritious food – pick complex, unrefined carbohydrates such as whole grains, leafy greens, healthy fats and lean protein in your meals.
Always check with your doctor before starting on your Intermittent fasting. Longer periods without food, such as 24, 36, 48 and 72-hour fasting periods, are not necessarily better for you and may be dangerous. Going too long without eating might actually encourage your body to start storing more fat in response to starvation. 😱
4. Result of being on the fast
After a week of fasting, I experienced: more energy, less brain fog, flatter tummy, lose a few kilos, bowels are looser, light and floats due to choice of consuming unprocessed clean food.
I am also very cautious of my diet. My meals usually comprise of pan fried or steamed fish, roasted or steamed chicken, pan fried beef steak, with lots of coloured vegetables and fruits (berries, kiwi, avocado, pineapple). I also make sure I do exercise at least 2 times per week – jogging or brisk walking.
5. Other known benefits of Intermittent Fasting:
Some intermittent fasting benefits research has recorded the following benefits:
• Thinking and memory.
Studies discovered that intermittent fasting boosts working memory in animals and verbal memory in adult humans.
• Heart health.
Intermittent fasting improved blood pressure and resting heart rates as well as other heart-related measurements.
• Physical performance.
Young men who fasted for 16 hours showed fat loss while maintaining muscle mass. Mice who were fed on alternate days showed better endurance in running.
• Diabetes and obesity.
In animal studies, intermittent fasting prevented obesity. And in six brief studies, obese adult humans lost weight through intermittent fasting.
• Tissue health.
In animals, intermittent fasting reduced tissue damage in surgery and improved results.
Before you try intermittent fasting (or any diet), you should check in with your doctor first.
The following group should steer clear of trying intermittent fasting:
• Children and teens under age 18.
• Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
• People with diabetes or blood sugar problems.
• Those with a history of eating disorders.
People not in these categories who can do intermittent fasting safely can continue the regimen indefinitely – “It can be a lifestyle change and one with benefits.”
Keep in mind that intermittent fasting may have different effects on different people. Talk to your doctor if you start experiencing unusual anxiety, headaches, nausea or other symptoms after you start intermittent fasting.
*Credits: – Fastic App and Hopkins Medicine.org
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