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Intermittent Fasting Benefits: Weight Loss is Just the Beginning


I have been doing the 16:8 method of intermittent fasting for over two years and have lost over 30 lbs and have kept it off. It’s true that I started intermittent fasting with the intention of losing weight. I didn’t expect much else from it.

Now that I’ve lost the weight, why do I continue to do it? Because the other benefits I get from intermittent fasting are incredible, and as I did my research, I found that what I was experiencing was backed by science. In today's video, we explore 5 other benefits to intermittent fasting.

Disclaimer: this video and blog is for entertainment purposes only. If you are interested in trying intermittent fasting, please consult your doctor first. 1. Increased energy Apart from weight loss, one of the lesser-known benefits of intermittent fasting is said to be an increase in energy. Eating several times throughout the day means our metabolism goes through cycles of breaking down carbohydrates and turning them into blood sugar. Eventually it is used for energy or stored in cells for later, contributing to an overall feeling of increased energy. 2. An overall feeling of well-being I don’t feel bloated and have stomach issues anymore, which also contributes to an overall feeling of well-being. I actually enjoy the feeling I get from my nighttime fasts. I used to think that feeling was hunger, but it’s just my body getting to work on areas other than digestion.
3. Increased mental clarity and focus. I have noticed better clarity and focus, especially with my work. When I sit down to write, I feel so much clearer about what I’m working on. I don’t have the brain fog that I used to deal with. I feel hyper-focused. The Psychology Today article says IF gives us a sharpened cognitive focus. In fact, the whole article is on how IF can supercharge your mental focus.
4. Aging backwards I have been devouring Interviews with David Sinclair of Harvard Medical Group. He purports that fasting aids in longevity. A few simple measures could delay or reverse the aging process: take care of your mental health, don't smoke, skip meals and get good sleep. Can we slow down the aging process with these steps? Perhaps! 5. Better sleep I have been getting great sleep lately and I know intermittent fasting has a lot to do with it. Apparently it reinforces our circadian rhythms. Circadian rhythms are physical, mental, and behavioral changes that follow a 24-hour cycle. These natural processes respond primarily to light and dark and affect most living things, including animals, plants, and microbes. Chronobiology is the study of circadian rhythms. This article from sleepfoundation.org suggests intermittent fasting may improve the quality of your sleep by reinforcing your circadian rhythms. Your circadian rhythms manage a host of biological functions, from your appetite and metabolism to your sleep-wake cycle.

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JP Writes, "I love that your daughter admires your beautiful outfits. My own mother always looked chic when I was a child in the 70s and throughout her life. Slacks and blouses or a simple tee in summer, beautiful cocktail dresses, skirt suits for church. She often made her own clothes and always looked put together. I find myself always trying to be pulled together too. People can’t believe that I don’t own leggings outside of my workout clothes. I find when I dress well, I feel better about the day ahead. Mom got it right and great memories as she passed two yrs ago. Your daughters will have similar memories."

JP, my daughters and I are having so much fun with fashion. Those memories will last a lifetime as you have displayed. Thank you! 

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