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Intermittent Fasting, a review

I began intermittent fasting January 2017 eating modest-sized regular late-morning breakfasts and evening dinners with no food intake between. It was very successful in the obvious weight loss that inspired my adoption of the regimen.

I wrote about it here:
fasting – by Ted Dunlap, on May 31st, 2017
losing it – by Ted Dunlap, on February 11th, 2017

I think I also enjoy the more subtle changes in mind and body that others have written about. It may well have me feeling stronger, happier, more optimistic and at peace. Those are hard to quantify or pin on any cause, but I simply feel younger now than I did over a year ago.

While I achieved the number I wanted to see on my digital scale, I will continue Intermittent Fasting. Among all the other benefits, it is a great tactical advantage. My body does not go wonky on me if I am too busy or it is otherwise inconvenient to stop for lunch. Having learned to operate on fat reserves, my power plant shifts to them seamlessly whenever the stomach runs out of fuel.

When, for example, I make one of my “big city shopping runs”, I hit the big box and specialty outlets on my list and boogie on home without the now unnecessary lunch break adding time and expense to the trip. It is the same for a day in the workshop or yard work that is going well.

Helen Sanders ran across one of my essays on fasting, liked it and wanted to share with us the thorough and informative article she put together. Here is the intro and links to the article published at Health Ambition.com. 

The Beginner’s Guide to Intermittent Fasting

At a Glance

  • Science suggests that intermittent fasting can improve health of both body and mind.
  • Intermittent fasting is an effective weight loss tool
  • Intermittent fasting is all about YOU taking control of your diet – not the diet controlling you.

Intermittent fasting has got the health and fitness community all fired up and it’s become one of the hot topics of the moment. Many are adopting this practice to kick start weight loss or turn around their general health and wellbeing.

Experts have seen promising results using fasting therapy for treating and preventing disease. (source)

If you’ve heard all the chatter and want to get clued up, check out the beginners guide to intermittent fasting.

What’s the Deal with Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent fasting isn’t about what you eat, its emphasis is on when you eat. Also known as “cyclic fasting”, it involves a rotational sequence to determine when you eat (also termed “feed”) and when you fast.

There are many different approaches to intermittent fasting. If it suits your lifestyle you can skip meals or even refrain from eating for an entire 24 hour period. When you think about it, everyone fasts when they sleep – you don’t eat for a period of around eight hours, after all how do you think breakfast got its name?

You might think intermittent fasting is a new idea, but in actual fact it’s been around for years.

Fasting Forms a Big Part of Many Religions

Christians observe restrictions during Lent and the Jewish abstain from eating for Yom Kippur. In Buddhism, monks often fast when they are in deep meditation and Muslims respect the Islamic month of Ramadan which involves not eating or drinking from dawn until sunset. (sources 1, 2)

Going way back to the times of the cavemen, they didn’t have the convenience of a local grocery store – no food meant they had to fast until the famine was over.

Back to the modern day, patients preparing for surgery are told to fast as a safety measure. (source)

So as you can see, there are many ways intermittent fasting is already a part of our lives.

Options for Intermittent Fasting

With intermittent fasting, there isn’t a “one size fits all” approach, this means you will have plenty of variations to choose from.

The general concept entails dividing either your week or your days into set periods when you are allowed to feed and when you have to fast.

In some intermittent fasting plans you are allowed a very restrictive calorie intake whereas others involve avoiding food altogether.

I’ve put together the most popular intermittent fasting protocols to give you an insight into what you can expect.

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