And the Impact on Women’s Health
You may have wondered about Intermittent Fasting and how it could benefit you as a tool to lose weight. You might have even tried it but struggled to stick with this new way of eating. Well I am here to help you figure what to do next.
First things first! A quick overview.
Intermittent Fasting is a way to restrict the time frame for when you eat throughout the day. There are various meal timing schedules one would use when Intermittent fasting (schedule examples).
Is it for you?
Many people use this method of eating as a way to lose weight. For some, it works well and fits perfectly into their lifestyle but others seem to struggle and yo-yo between overeating and forcing themselves back into an IF routine.
If you find yourself falling into the group of people who really struggle to stick with intermittent fasting, I want you to ask yourself the following questions.
- When I am fasting do I feel tired and/or irritable?
- Do I find myself eating more than I normally would when my fast is over?
- Why do I think I NEED to fast to lose weight?
- Do I feel guilty for not being able to stick to this new lifestyle?
Really take the time analyze your answers to these questions. Are your answers in alignment with the life you want to live and the person you want to become? If that answer is no then it’s time to find a sustainable solution for weight loss that works better for you.
All diets will help you reach a RESULT. But not all diets translate into sustainable lifestyles that not only helps you reach your goal but also allow you the freedom to HAVE A LIFE and actually enjoy those results long term.
So how do you lose weight or get lean?
One of the many culprits that prevents people from losing weight and stubborn fat even with a great diet and exercise routine is lack of stress management.
NOTE: To be clear there are many culprits when it comes to the inability to lose weight or fat. Stress management is one of them.
In an interview, fitness guru Jade Teda spoke about how hunger was the MAIN form of stress in the early human.
Stress is stress.
PS: This section gets very technical. So if you’re eyes are beginning to cross skip to my last thoughts. 😉
When stress levels rise cortisol is produced. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing if we are able to reduce those levels quickly. Exercise is an example of a positive form of stress to the body. However, when we find ourselves in a constant state of stress cortisol remains elevated which then increases blood sugar thus increasing insulin which will lead to insulin resistance.
Stress determines our cortisol levels. Cortisol determines our insulin levels. And how insulin is being regulated determines whether or not we can manage fat storage within our body.
The better control we can have over managing our stress/cortisol levels the more easily we will be able to control our weight/body fat.
Remember restrictive diets cause stress to the body. Examples of restrictive diets are: Low calorie dieting, Keto diets, The South Beach Diet and so on. These diets short term are not bad and CAN be a great way to detox. However, long term these diets can be harmful and can lead to adrenal fatigue.
Some people can manage their stress around hunger. Some people might not feel hungry at all. Others might find this delayed eating style unbearable and revert to disordered eating patterns. This is why YOUR DIET should be completely individual to YOU!