This is the last week of my holiday (well the last two days actually) so I am reposting an earlier post on Intermittent Fasting. It is a fantastic strategy but is often misunderstood or practiced incorrectly. Done right it can be a liberating and very effective tool for optimizing your health and body composition so I thought it might be helpful to revisit it. It is also a strategy I used while travelling over the last two weeks to offset the larger than usual meals I was enjoying - this allowed me to partake in the delicious foods of Spain while (mostly) staying on track.
A big part of the world of Nutrition Science these days centres around the idea of Personalization - the idea that there is no one way or method that will work for everyone. This is a big part of the reason why I like exogenous ketones so much as a tool for so many different people. I love the idea that one can get the benefits of ketones without actually having to be on a fully ketogenic diet. Because you see - as much as Keto and LCHF lifestyles can be transformational for some people they are not necessarily appropriate for everyone. You may not tolerate a high fat diet, you may be suffering from chronic stress, your genetics may have you set up for a different plan - whatever the reason, being Ketogenic may just not be available to you. Enter Keto O/S - combined with a clean diet (know that good as Keto//OS is it cannot do ALL the work for you!), you can use the shake to increase your energy, decrease your cravings and reintroduce your body to the magic of ketones, work on your sleep, start exercising (even if for you that means walking 20 minutes a day), hydrate and repeat. Day after day….be consistent, notice the changes in how you feel and allow those to drive your actions: make better food choices, take the stairs instead of the elevator because you can not because you have to - continue to do this day after day and over time, like so many of my clients can attest, you will see results. The beauty of this product is that it seems to level the playing field for so many people and it is for this reason that I recommend people try it. Ok. On to Intermittent Fasting.
What is it? Intermittent fasting is simply the practice of deliberately refraining from eating food for a 16-18 hour window on designated days. It’s really not as bad as it sounds - think of it this way - you finish dinner around 7:30 pm and then don’t eat again till lunch time the next day. You can drink water, herbal teas and even a bit of coffee or, you can do a modified IF (see below). This way of eating comes naturally to some (those people who hate breakfast for example) and sounds completely insane to others (people who are on the edge of famine upon opening their eyes every morning). But the benefits, which are still an active area of study, can be amazing for many people. Consider some of the benefits attributed to Intermittent Fasting (IF):
Now - let’s talk about how to go about trying Intermittent fasting for yourself.
Those of you who will have the easiest time:
If you are on a high carbohydrate standard diet I do not recommend that you try this strategy cold turkey, the odds are that you will feel quite awful. Instead try this modified strategy first:
So there you have it, a quick overview of Intermittent Fasting and some of the benefits you can experience. If you are interested in learning more on this topic there is a great book by Dr Jason Fung - The Obesity Code. It goes into a lot more detail around how fasting (intermittent or otherwise) can be incredibly helpful in managing weight and a number of health conditions.
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