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People hear this term a great deal but most of my clients don’t know what it means and why it may be useful for some people when trying to lose weight.  Intermittent fasting is simply a temporary pattern in the timing of how you eat. It’s a way of scheduling your meals so that you get the most out of them with the greatest benefit specifically for weight loss.   I will recommend this to some of my clients if they want to change things up and avoid becoming stagnant.  It is a way to get your body moving again.  Here is a little background on how the body recognizes food.  Your body is in a “fed state” when it is digesting or absorbing food.  This typically lasts for three to six hours.  Your insulin levels will be higher as insulin is being produced to deal with the influx of nutrients.  Your body typically goes into a fasted state around 10 to 12 hours after your last meal and your insulin levels will be lower.  The way in which I will describe or define intermittent fasting is eating your normal daily caloric intake of healthy fats, proteins and carbohydrates from 11 in the morning until 7 at night.  That will leave 16 hours where you go without food.  People who are in good health with no underlying health issues can try this if they want to lose some weight and understand their body better. I would consult with your doctor as people with documented health issues should not try this.  Some examples of people who should not try this are diabetics, people with autoimmune conditions, HPAA deficiencies, disease, and many more health concerns.

 

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