If I say intermittent fasting, what words come to your mind? I know it’s a hot topic, and lots of people are talking about it. Many people think of fasting as restrictive, and they might even think that unless they fast for days or weeks and deny themselves during that time that there won’t be any benefits. Sure, people fast for religious reasons and other health reasons, but that’s not what I’m talking about here.

Fasting is one of the oldest, fastest, and most effective tools for rapidly changing your body, your spirit, your focus, your energy… and your whole life. Don’t panic! There are many ways to do this, and you can start slow and increase your fasting time over time.

Intermittent fasting is the most basic kind of fast where a break is taken between dinner and breakfast. Fasting during this time, which usually falls between 12 and 14 hours, falls into line with our natural circadian rhythms of when the sun is up or down.

Start with a minimum of 12 hours fast maybe for a day just to see what happens. This isn’t too terribly challenging: 8 P.M.-8 A.M. This will eliminate the late-night snacking. Be honest with yourself. It’s time to do something different.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Am I an emotional eater?
  2. Am I a stress eater?
  3. Am I a “Netflix snacker”?
  4. Do I find it awkward to sit through a movie with just water and herbal tea?

Obviously, until this point, what you have been doing has given you a certain result and quality of life. It’s time we tried something new. These are habits that, over time, will transform your whole being. You will sleep like a baby, too, because you won’t be digesting all night long, sweating through your sheets and snoring enough to wake up the dog, wrestling in your dreams, and up half the night. I love the focus I have on an empty stomach, especially as the fast goes longer and longer. My partner, Kate, and I once did a 10-day water-only fast… We reported daily to YouTube during our journey.

DO NOT attempt without doctor supervision and agreement.

Here’s one of the videos that chronicled that process, but you can find the entire record of our journey on my YouTube channel.

So why do this? What are the benefits of intermittent fasting? I’m so glad you asked!

  1. It helps with weight loss.
  2. It helps with losing dangerous inflammatory belly fat.
  3. It can reduce insulin levels and blood pressure.
  4. It can improve insulin sensitivity and reduce the risk of diabetes.
  5. It can help brains function better by clearing out dangerous proteins and benefiting neurons in a way that protects memory and learning.

Please understand that I am not a medical doctor, and I cannot give you medical advice. I can just tell you what works for me. Please find a reputable functional physician and consult him/her.

Want to go deeper? Check out the following links for a deeper dive:

  1. Dr. Hyman: An Intro To Fasting
  2. All About Fasting

So what do you think? Have you tried intermittent fasting? What was your experience?

Oh, and as a bonus, you can always use an app to track your intermittent fasting progress. Two I have used are:

ZERO

and

FASTIC

Both are free, but there are paid options available if you’re interested.

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