Intermittent fasting is offering a unique, scientifically proven way to shift your body’s cellular and metabolic processes in ways that promote optimal health. The benefits include:
Ø Reduce and maintain healthy weight sustainably
Ø Reduce inflammation and strengthen the immune system,
Ø Reduce blood pressure and resting heart rate, and
Ø Trigger a metabolic switch whereby the body starts to use fat and ketones for energy.It is an eating pattern for you to regain and sustain your ideal weight.
This is not about dieting or deprivation. This is a way of eating that honors your unique needs. We believe that life and food should be pleasurable, delicious and decadent. Real food that is nutrient dense is yummy, nourishing and life affirming. Pleasure and nutritious food are powerful ways to boost your metabolism. These send messages to the brain that it is ok to burn fat. It’s important to ditch the guilt and enjoy every bite of what you choose to eat. Our goal is to help you choose wisely without worry or deprivation.
This can be emotionally freeing and save you time and money. You may feel more energized and have more mental clarity.
The fallacy of many diets is that cutting calories works. Research has found that if you cut too many calories, you signal to the body that you are in starvation mode and force it to hold onto fat to slow your metabolism. You need to eat enough nutrient dense food to stoke the fire. Think of a wood burning fire. When you add more wood, the fire burns hotter. You have a unique biochemical makeup. What is important is how you burn the food and distribute the energy. Most need to eat more, not less. Most need to increase healthy Omega 3’s and other good fat in the diet.
When your body utilizes fat for fuel, less inflammation results. Sugar is inflammatory so the body prioritizes sugar metabolism. Not because it’s the preferred energy source, but in the body’s infinite wisdom, to lower inflammation. Forcing the body to switch from burning sugar to burning fat automatically lowers inflammation.
Cells will uptake sugar over fats so if you are eating donuts or croissants for breakfast, a sandwich on whole-wheat bread (which has more sugar than table sugar) for lunch, and pasta for dinner, then you are keeping your body busy metabolizing sugar and you do not get a chance to burn fat.
This creates mood swings and cravings for more sugar and simple carbohydrates. Studies in rats and mice have proven that sugar is more addictive than drugs. The food industry is well-aware of this. There are hidden sugars in everything from baby formula to salad dressings.
Data suggests that Intermittent Fasting, when done properly, can help extend life, regulate blood glucose, control , , manage body weight, help us gain (or maintain) lean muscle mass, , create more clarity and energy, and more.
management, lower cholesterol and lowered blood sugar levels.
Lower’s the risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.
Lowers inflammation and joint pain. Loss of excessive belly fat. Up-regulates cellular repair.
Changes hormone levels to make stored fat more accessible for energy. Feeds the brain.
About Lisa Jackson, RN, CHC, RYT-500, AFMC
Lisa is an author, functional nutrition, and functional medicine trained health coach, yoga teacher, and retired Registered Nurse with the mission to "Inspire, Educate and Empower" individuals and corporations to achieve optimal health.
Lisa's book, Savvy Secrets: Eat, Think & Thrive is a self-health book offering her Seven Steps to Optimal Health.
When she is not coaching, or speaking, you can find Lisa joyfully sharing Carpe Diem Dance or playing with her two grandchildren. She is the mother of four adult children and believes, "Optimal health should not be a secret."