Health Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

As a woman, losing weight can be super difficult. Fortunately, I come from a family with good genetics in that area so I never thought I’d ever put on some pounds, but having a desk job has slowly taken its toll (I’m sure many of you can commiserate).

Sometimes I find it super hard to make time to fit everything into my day that I should:

  • At least 8 hours of sleep
  • Daily prayer time
  • Eating healthy
  • Full-time job
  • Working out
  • Quality time with my boyfriend
  • Time with friends
    …and so many other responsibilities

I just don’t get how some ladies are able to cram all of this into a day, so inevitably something takes a back seat and I have to be honest when I say that it’s been my prayer time and my health. And I want to make a change.

Intermittent Fasting: What It Is

My boyfriend recently began intermittent fasting and up until now I knew nothing about it. I researched it and the health benefits are astounding.

Intermittent fasting is exactly what it sounds like: going a certain amount of hours without eating. This results in your body entering a “fasted state” where it begins to burn fat more rapidly.  The following are just some of the fantastic benefits of intermittent fasting:

  • Sustainable weight loss
  • Increase in lean muscle
  • Improved energy
  • Increased cell stress response (which could lead to increased resistance to disease)

The below infographic helps explain this health strategy:

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Women and Intermittent Fasting

For those who want to begin to intermittently fast, there are some points to consider, especially for women.

  • Excessive fasting or fasting for more than 24 hours could result in a hormonal imbalance, so be sure to fast for only 12-16 hours at a time, which is ideal for women
  • Do not fast consecutive days for your first two to three weeks of fasting. Instead, fast for 16 hours every other day; Monday, Wednesday and Friday, for example
  • Drink plenty of fluids such as herbal tea or broth
  • Only do light exercise such as yoga, walking or gentle stretching

Below is a simple schedule to try out if you want to make the move and fast intermittently.

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Earnestly,

Emma

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  1. February 22, 2018 / 8:52 am

    So intrigued by this! Have you tried it? I’m not sure I could do it because I love eating so much! Although the benefits sound amazing. So maybe I should give it a try!

    • February 22, 2018 / 7:23 pm

      I actually just started yesterday. So I at dinner at 8pm and then didn’t eat again until noon the next day…16 hours which is ideal for women! Hoping to lose some of that stubborn belly fat 🙂

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