**I am not a medical professional. The following post is based on my personal experience and insight gained from wellness professionals.**
Okay, now that we have the legal stuff out of the way, let’s get into what has become a controversial topic, Intermittent Fasting, or IF.
I first heard of IF last year when I started my most favorite online bootcamp, FASTer Way To Fat Loss. I wasn’t quite sure what it was but quickly learned it was a method of “fasting” that I could absolutely do without any issues.
There are many different ways someone can incorporate IF. For the purpose of this post, I’m going to share with you the FWTFL way.
You choose a window of 8 hours to eat and for 16 hours , you don’t eat. I happened to choose to eat from Noon – 8:00 pm each day. I would stop eating at 8:00 pm and then eat again the next day beginning at Noon. This way worked well for me because I don’t enjoy eating too soon after waking up. I normally didn’t start to eat until 10:30 or 11:00 am anyway so by waiting 60-90 minutes, it wasn’t a big deal at all. I could see how it may be a problem for someone who is used to eating every morning at 7:00 or 8:00 and your body would need to adjust to the new eating times.
I’ve been IF’ing for well over a year and didn’t seem to have any issues at all. However, I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism and was advised to stop doing IF, at least for the time being. While I’m disappointed that I need to do that, I understand it’s for my long-term health, which I haven’t always been too concerned with.
Let me stop to say something right now. Intermittent Fasting DID NOT cause me to have hypothyroidism. Poor dieting decisions and eating habits caused it. Lose weight fast tactics that were extremely unhealthy caused it. To be honest, IF may have kept my thyroid issues from being worse than they actually are.
Most healthy people should be fine with incorporating IF into their daily lifestyle or however they choose to do IF. There are many benefits to incorporate IF into you life. These include:
- Improved mental clarity and concentration
- Weight and body fat loss
- Lowered blood insulin and sugar levels
- Reversal of type 2 diabetes
- Increased energy
- Improved fat burning
- Increased growth hormone
- Lowered blood cholesterol
- Prevention of Alzheimer’s disease (potential)
- Longer life (potential)
- Activation of cellular cleansing (potential) by stimulating autophagy (a discovery that was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in medicine)
- Reduction of inflammation
Once my thyroid gets back into a normal state, which my healthcare professional believes will happen, I will go back to eating an IF lifestyle. I love it!
What about you? Have you tried Intermittent Fasting? Comment below and share your story.