Intermittent Fasting 101: A Beginner’s Guide

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Obesity and the health problems associated with it are perpetually on the rise. People constantly look for ways to improve their health, but the process can be overwhelming because of the many fad diets, workout programs, and detox packages. What will work for your body? Let us introduce you to the concept of intermittent fasting.

 

A lot of people try fasting diets, where they only drink water or apple cider vinegar tonics. Some people don’t even drink that much, which can actually do more harm than good. The body’s metabolism can slow and hold on to fat when you aren’t supplying it with calories and nutrients. Because the body doesn’t know when it will get food again, it holds on to the weight you are trying to lose.

 

What Is Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent fasting is the practice of fasting and then eating for specific time periods. The amount of time you fast for and the amount of time you eat for can vary. More and more research supports that this method of fasting produces weight loss benefits, reduces inflammation, and helps to benefit the cardiovascular system. Additional research suggests that calorie cutters are more likely to drop out of that diet than those who intermittently fast.

 

When you fast for a certain amount of time, the body can begin to enter the beginning stages of ketosis. The body burns fats to make ketones and fatty acids to satisfy your caloric needs. You don’t get to eat whatever you want while you are intermittently fasting, though. This is a common misconception. You still have to eat a well-balanced diet during the eating times.

 

This Is Not A New Concept:

From an evolutionary standpoint, intermittent fasting makes sense. Having access to food at all hours of the day is a relatively new concept. Food wasn’t always easy to come by because people had to hunt and gather. Even the Ancient Greeks would fast intermittently because they believed it helped maintain cognitive function. Fasts are still used by major world religions, for example, during the Muslim holiday of Ramadan. During this holiday, people only eat before the sun comes up and after the sun sets, and they don’t eat during the day.

 

Time-restricted eating leads to a reduced caloric intake because people only eat at certain times of the day. In order for the body to burn more fat, you cannot eat gigantic meals that are each 1,000 calories or more; that defeats the purpose of the diet program. This eating plan will not lead the body into a state of ketosis. In order to reach this state, it is ideal to consume lots of healthy fats (avocados, olive oil, nuts & seeds, and coconut oil) and very few carbs when eating is allowed.

 

The Benefits of Autophagy:

Autophagy is a natural process in which cells and cell components are recycled. This typically happens when a person hasn’t eaten for a while. During this process, the cells that get destroyed are typically fat cells and diseased cells, which get replaced with healthier new ones. Provided you are eating a well-balanced diet, intermittent fasting helps you obtain sufficient nutrients during eating times to help replace the cells that get destroyed during autophagy.

 

Where To Start:

There are several methods to consider when beginning an intermittent fasting program. Some people prefer the 5:2 plan because there are a lot of studies about it. For two days a week, either consecutive or spaced out, you only consume 500 calories a day, focusing on healthy fats and plant proteins. You could have one cup of steel cut oats for breakfast (170 calories), a quarter cup of almonds as a snack (200 calories), and a four-ounce, wild-caught cod fillet for dinner (100 calories). You don’t have to worry about calorie counting during the other five days of the week, but it is ideal to focus on plant-based foods that are high in nutrients.

 

Another option is to do the 16:8 plan, where you fast for 16 hours a day and eat during an eight-hour window. People on this plan typically eat between the hours of 9am-5pm, and they fast between 5pm-9am. Which plan you choose is entirely up to you. We hope this information helps and if you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below.

 

Sources:

http://time.com/5354498/is-intermittent-fasting-healthy/

https://www.ketodomain.com/nutrition/guide-intermittent-fasting/

2018-08-03T16:33:21+00:00

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    Q: I will be starting a fast for Ramadan in August. What suggestions do you have for cleansing during fasting? I do not eat meat except, fish 1-2 times a week. I've been having problems with gas after eating, even fruits or veggies. I usually have 2-3 bowel movements per day. I am a 56 year old male with good health, except for my problems with gas, varicose veins and leg cramps especially during fasting.

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    Q: Do you believe that one should eat 3 meals a day or 6 small meals a day? Sometimes I don't feel like eating 3 meals. Back in the day people would fast longer than 15 days and were healthy.

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    I BELIEVE PEOPLE SHOULD EAT ACCORDING TO THEIR SPECIFIC LIFE STYLES ... THE LESS THE BETTER. FOOD IS KILLING US TODAY!

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    Please read the article â€I’M THIN! WILL I LOSE WEIGHT DURING THE DETOX†under ARTICLES. Yes, bill control pills are drugs and no drugs are recommended while detoxing!

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    Q: I recently completed the Full Body Detox, which I loved. Now, 2 months later, I am very interested in the weight release program. Last year, I lost 40 lbs in 8 months, in the most healthy way (good nutrition and exercise). This year, I slowly started gaining weight back, and 1 year later, I continue to gain weight much more quickly. I am still working out regularly, and eating well. Would you recommend the Weight Release Kit? I am looking to take off 20 lbs at the most. Is that realistic for this formula? However, I want to build muscle and strength as well. Can I maintain the results of the program with the directed nutrition plan, and add white meat for protein (chicken, turkey, tuna). I am also wondering if the formulas simply release excess weight, or can I expect to lose inches and lower my body fat percentage? Thanks for your time and dedication to natural health!

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    I would highly recommend the Weight Release Kit and Regimen. NO MEAT though! Try vegan alternatives if you must have something - but no meats!

    You will release weight (waste)! Your weight is nothing but waste!

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    Q: I am on my 3rd day of the fully body cleansing. I am definitely doing this to lose weight. I am a 52 year old, black, Christian, wife, mother to 21 and 14 year old girls, legal secretary who is 450 lbs. I am to the point now where if I don't do this I'm going to be housebound. I can barely move some days that is why I started this because I feel so unhealthy. I have a question about the nuts. I got all gun-ho and ordered $135.00 worth of organic nuts from nuts.com. I got raisins, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios and cashews and mixed them all up together (well I purchased 2 lbs of each but I only mixed up 1 lb of each together). Anyway, I was reading about how much calories are in nuts. Should I not pay attention to that because I was consuming a lot of calories in the first place or do I have to watch how many nuts I eat? I have put some nuts in a sandwich bags and basically filled it up and that is supposed to be my nuts ration for the day. I am also eating fruits and vegetables. So far the fruit have been grapes, grapefruit, red apples, pears, green apples and bananas. The vegetables have all been in a salad: tomatoes, celery spinach leaves, carrots, mixed in balsamic vinaigrette. I only ate the salad Monday night all the other times I have just eaten the fruit and nuts. I am also consuming approximately 75-100 oz of water. Sorry I’m long winded I just wanted you to get the entire picture.

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    Thanks for the question, I can definitely help you.

     

    I am currently writing an eBook for www.dherbs.com called "Losing weight the healthy way." I have been a weight loss counselor for many years. I am also a health coach, personal trainer, bodymind nutritionist, and a vegan lifestyle coach. 

     

    When it comes to weight loss most programs want you to lose weight to get healthy. My mindset is to get healthy and lose weight. 

     

    In my health/fitness/nutrition coaching program www.theveganeffect.com I use a lowfat/high carb/ high raw/ nutrient dense/ high alkaline diet to achieve long term weight loss success. So far I am 100 percent in getting clients long lasting weight loss. If you are interested in my program please fill out the health history form on the side of the web page. We could have a free 1 hour initial consultation over skype to see how I can best help you.

     

    Nuts are best kept to a minimum if you use them at all. Nuts are extremely high in fat and have the opposite omega 3- omega 6 ratio that is optimal for health. Seeds are best as far as ratios are concerned. Also nuts are truly easy to over eat and cause your nutrient ratios to be off.

     

    A healthy vegan diet is a high raw fruitarian diet. 

    Example:

    Breakfast: green smoothie. (500-1000 calories of fruits blended with a handful of greens and water)

    Bridge: Dates and strawberries (500 calories) 

    Lunch: Salad with low sugar fruits (cucumber, tomato, squash, bell peppers) topped with fruit, beans, psuedo grains, 

    Bridge: 2-3 apples

    Dinner: Raw wraps (collard greens) with low sugar fruit and tahini

    Snack: Sorbet

     

    Hope this helps

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT BMI VLC

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    Q: I have been reading a lot lately on HCG levels and people who have acquired HCG injections to lose weight at a fast rate of speed. Ultimately, if I understand correctly, HCG is a fertility booster. Would the fertility kit your company produces have the same effect, and actually raise the HCG levels of a person's chemistry? I would much prefer to treat my body 100% organically/herbally. I have highly mixed emotions about allowing "doctors" to inject something into my body, if there is an alternative.

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    Our Fertility Kit is 100% organic (natural) and does not only work on one level (i.e. HCG), but all hormonal levels in addition to balancing, strengthening, and toning the hormonal system. All hormones are raised to their necessary level with our fertility kit and regimen.

    It is unnatural to inject anything into the human body. It's a disrespect to the body which is perfectly qualified to do what it was designed to do if you just give the body what it needs.

    Follow your emotions (or gut instinct) about doctors and injection. Dherbs offers a safe and sane alternative. Give it a try! GO NATURAL!

    Take the Female Health tea along with the kit to enhance its effect and the chances of conception.

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    Q: Nothing is stopping me except the lack of a workable plan of action, which I am in the process of putting on paper. There is a question that I've wanted to ask you for a while. Do you have or can you put together a sample daily menu of food choices based on what you eat, or what your research has shown to be good? I do have a couple of conditions I want to cure.... I have arthritis in my neck and upper back caused by a whip lash, and I have high blood pressure that I take medication to control. I read the article about controlling disease, and I am interested in curing these conditions. I have started an exercise regimen, and need a diet plan to go along with it. I want to lose weight as part of my healing.

    A: You may want to start with the Full Body Cleanse to begin your healing. In regards to a dietplan, check out the Alternative Diet and Lifestyle Manual. This manual has a lot of suggesstions and recommendations for a vegan-based, raw foods diet that you will want to accompany your cleanse. When performing the cleanse, following the guidelines of this diet is integral in achieving the results you desire.

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    Q: Is there a diet plan or eating plan that comes with this order?

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    Yes, the Full Body Cleanse comes with a dietary regimen prescribing an all-raw foods diet (fresh fruits and vegetables, raw nuts and seeds).

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    Q: I was actually interested in using the FULL BODY DETOX, I know that it comes with a nutritional guide but I wanted to know if it would work if I did not follow a vegan diet. I do not consume a lot of fast food which I am willing to easily give up but I wanted to know how it could work on a moderate none vegetarian diet.

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    The RAW FOODS diet is 50% of the FULL BODY DETOX! It won't work without following the diet!