- Intermittent fasting is a way of eating within a restricted period of time and practicing fasting outside of these times.
- Intermittent fasting although a very healthy way of eating is less of a diet and more of a lifestyle choice.
- The benefits of fasting include weight loss, cellular detoxification, protection against chronic disease and increasing longevity.
- There are different types of fasting methods. You just choose which is right for you.
- In a bone broth fast you get to enjoy the benefits of fasting, without the hunger pains and with the added benefits of bone broth.
What is intermittent fasting?
Fasting is a way of eating where you cycle in and out of periods of eating and fasting. There are many benefits to going through periods of not eating, even though this may go against what you believe is healthy. For centuries there have been many religious reasons why people have gone extended periods without food, but for health, this is becoming one of the most beneficial things you can do, and once you get used to it, it can be very easy.
What are the health benefits of Intermittent fasting?
All the good things happen in your body when you are not eating. It may sound crazy in our modern world of eating three meals a day plus snack, but in paleolithic times when we lived the off the food we caught, we would go days in a fasted state.
Switching back from constantly feeding our body with food to choosing to fast intermittently can produce some very powerful benefits.
- Boost weight loss
- Increases energy
- Lowers bad cholesterol
- Reduces insulin resistance and protects against type 2 diabetes
- Promotes cellular repair and autophagy (when your body gets rid of defective tissue to made new tissue.)
- Improves your memory and brain function
- Creates resilience in your cells
- Protective again neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
- Promotes longevity
How to fast?
There are different methods in which you can fast. You will find what works best for you in the long term.
- 5:2 method. This means eating normally for 5 days out of the week and practice fasting for 2 days. However, you still eat a small amount during this day, for example, a small dinner of 600 calories.
- Eat-stop-eat. This method entails restricting all food for a period of 24 hours. You can do this once or twice a week.
- Short window - For this method, you restrict the period you spend time eating through the day to 6-8 hours and therefore are fasting for 14-16 hours. For example wake-up and start eating at 12 pm then stopping eating at 6 pm. You can do this every day, or a few times each week.
- Bone broth fast - This a great version for beginners. You still get the benefits but it is a little easier. It follows the 16/8 method, however, if you choose to eat between 12-18, in the morning you can have a Liquid Gold Boosted Coffee. Or, if you are fasting between 9-3 you can have a Liquid Gold on the go in the evening. It is a clever way to stay in the fasted state but suppress hunger.