If you’ve heard about intermittent fasting and it’s beautiful benefits, but aren’t sure where to begin, read our hints and tips guide that will get you on your way.
Each one of us ladies are unique and have our own individual styles that should be celebrated, so take steps towards your personal goal in order to achieve a more balanced, harmonious life.
If your ears prick up every time you hear the words ‘Intermittent Fasting’ and you’d really like to try it but don’t know where to begin, fear not, we’ve got your back!! Every expert was a beginner once so read on to learn how to start fasting and get a taste of this beautiful lifestyle that is helping millions of women balance their hormones and reclaim their confidence.
Chances are, if you’re the slightest bit health savvy, you’ve heard of intermittent fasting and it’s beautiful benefits. Especially when it comes to fat loss, balancing our hormones and overall health. Before we dive into the tips on “how to” of fasting, let’s take a little behind-the-scenes look at the benefits, so that you have the tools to become a fasting goddess.
There are several theories about why fasting provides us with benefits. The most popular one is the idea that during the fasting period, your cells are under a small amount of stress - in this case, not being constantly given food and so having to work harder to make fuel for energy (1).
The body then responds to this stress by adapting to its environment. This adaptation strengthens its ability to cope with stress and maybe, in some cases, resist disease.
Although the word ‘stress’ is often used in a negative sense, putting some kind of physical or mental demand on the body and mind has benefits. Think about when you exercise vigorously, which stresses muscles and the cardiovascular system in order to help them grow.
As long as you give your body time to recover, it will reward us by getting stronger. There is considerable similarity between how cells respond to the stress of exercise and how cells respond to intermittent fasting (2).
So let’s roll our sleeves up and get stuck in…
There are various methods of intermittent fasting and each person will have a preferred style - one that is uniquely suited to you. The only similarities is that each and every one of us will inevitably need to tweak and repeat.
Here are a few tips to get you started on your journey:
As we progress along our fasting journey, it’s important to respect the fact that women’s physiology is unique and needs to be treated as such. If intermittent fasting is approached in an aggressive manner, we will throw our hormones - whose main job it is to protect us - off balance and put too much of the wrong stress on the body resulting in abnormalities in the part of our brain that looks after behavioural functions. The worst outcome is that we’re driven to binge eat (5).
In order to maximise the benefits and stick to an intermittent fasting program, the following tips may help you stay on track:
Fasting has a major role to play in women’s health during the various phases of her life so as long as you respect your cues, you will reap the rewards (7) and put that crown back on.
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Disclaimer: This is not medical advice, you should consult a doctor before making any significant change in your diet.