Intermittent fasting is growing in popularity as a way to control weight and appetite, but is it safe?
I recently read an article that changed my opinion of whether or not this could be a good way to control my cravings and even my blood sugar.
The good news is that it works and it’s more effective than you might think. In fact, the gal that wrote this article literally made me change the way I think of how this dieting method works.
I would absolutely call it a way of life, rather than a diet.
Although at first glance it may look like a fad, you may want to reconsider once you read this article in its entirety.
Allison Young, wrote this article in Prevention, and I’ll give you the link at the end of the article, but I want to share with you what I discovered about intermittent fasting.
The Basis for Intermittent Fasting
Can you remember the last time you said you were going on a diet?
Chances are, you clearly remember this. You may in fact have just said this yesterday….for the 50th time.
It’s okay. You certainly aren’t alone, and I can’t tell you that I have NEVER made this statement.
I get it. Ladies want to look good in their swimsuits, and men want to look good in their trunks…or whatever.
The thing is, it’s best to take an approach that actually improves your overall health.
This is why I am now a fan of intermittent fasting.
The article I read by Allison Young is life-changing for me, and it could for you as well. As always, I’ll encourage you to talk to your doctor about this.
What I appreciate most about Allison, is that she is in fact a real eater. She LOVES to eat. She was always thinking about food. I am like that too. Are you?
Even if you are, I want you to consider that you could do something that will change your life. This is most likely something worth trying. (I cannot speak for you, but I am glad I tried it).
Here are some things you should be aware of regarding this lifestyle change:
- There are various versions of this
- You should read the research that is available before you make a decision
- You will most likely want to try a gradual approach to this lifestyle change
- Allison read research published by Mark Mattson, a neuroscientist
There is plenty of bad information out there about dieting and fitness, so you have to really research and compare before you make a final decision.
The research that he discusses is based upon effectively treating Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s. Low and behold, it does work.
In fact, those who may fear they have symptoms like the profile of these diseases may be curious to know whether or not this can put an end to those symptoms. At the very least, what if those symptoms you suffer from could be reduced?
This is great news, but there’s more.
It’s a gradual process, and this gradual approach will set you up for success NOT failure.
When Allison went at the fasting approach for just 12 hours, rather than the recommended harsh 18 hour gap, she stuck with it, and after a week she said those food thoughts began to go away.
She loves food, all the time. If she can do it, can you?
It is worth mentioning that Allison reached out to this neuroscientist to get some advice, so that she could stay on the path to success. Let’s talk about what he told her.
What Mark Mattson Said About Intermittent Fasting
Mark Mattson was ready to help Allison accomplish her goals, and this is what he told her about the gradual approach to intermittent fasting.
Upon rising in the morning, drink some coffee or tea
- Stay busy until around 1 P.M.
- If you exercise, do so around noon
- Eat a moderate amount of healthy food after the workout
- Eat the majority of your food in a 3 to 4 hour window
- Make sure that window is late afternoon early evening
That sounds easy right?
It’s all about a gradual approach but yet, it does get easier. I am not saying that this is for you, and there is no sense in being miserable.
If fasting makes you miserable, just skip it….as Allison says in the article. It is not for everyone, and being a busy mom can make you feel like it’s out of reach.
The good news here, is that there are numerous moms I know that have done this and still stick with it today. This is amazing, and they feel great.
They have reported, clearer thinking, improved mood, more energy, and better overall health. Most importantly, those who do this as a lifestyle report being more productive on a more consistent basis.
Do yoga, go walking, or whatever your favorite exercise is, do it before you eat. Do whatever it takes to keep yourself busy in the morning.
Drink your coffee, or even green tea, and see what happens.
If you would like to learn more about “intermittent fasting”, and what Allison Young has to say in her article in Prevention, click on this link- http://www.prevention.com/food/i-tried-intermittent-fasting-for-a-week/slide/2.