September is the perfect month for change. What small sustainable change can you make in your health and wellness as summer begins to fade away? Changing when you eat instead of what you eat may matter more when it comes to your health and body composition.
One way to fast is to extend the time between meals or intermittent fasting. Although weight loss can be the result, IF is not just the latest weight loss fad, it’s much more than that! It helps clear brain fog, decreases inflammation by healing our guts, fights cancer, and reduces blood pressure.
When you fast, your body takes a break from digestion. It’s similar to how our bodies repair and restore while we sleep. It’s your body’s way of cleaning house by getting rid of damaged cells that are prone to disease.
You won’t have to starve or ‘go on a diet’ to try intermittent fasting. Instead of eating three or many small meals spread out, set a specific window of time when you eat whatever you want- within reason-of course! The best part is that there isn’t one ‘right’ way to fast!
Typical intermittent fasting times range from 14-18 hours. Some people start IF with waiting just 12 hours before eating again. If you finish dinner at 7PM, don’t eat again until 7AM. Sounds simple enough! Once your body is used to that, add 2 more hours, then 2 more. Before you know it, your window of fasting has increased to 16 hours and you are on your way to a healthier you!