What is Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent fasting is a pattern of time-restricted eating. The primary difference between intermittent fasting and a cleansing programs is that intermittent fasting does not restrict WHAT you eat, it only restricts WHEN you eat. A cleanse is a short term reset, while intermittent fasting can be used as an ongoing lifestyle way of eating. Long ago, humans were accustomed to fasting when food was scarce or when famine hit. Today fasting is a conscious and effective tool to achieve specific health goals.

How does it work?

Intermittent Fasting is a type of fasting that is done for a few days in a week. The total fasting period is about 12 to 16 hours daily. There are many ways to intermittent fast, see our post on “5 Popular Intermittent Fasting Methods,” here. During the fast, you can drink water and low or no-calorie beverages (Garden Power superfood mix is an ideal option).

The premise of this type of fasting is to restrict your eating to around 8-12 hours a day. For instance, you might eat all meals between 10 am to 6 pm. What happens from 6 pm until the next morning at 10 am is what makes intermittent fasting special.

What happens during intermittent fasting? 

Say, you eat only between 10 am to 6 pm and not after that.

First, your body uses glucose from the food between 6 am  to 5 pm.

Next, the glucose reserves from the body are pulled up. It takes about 6 hours to empty.

After this point, your body turns to body fat for energy. Here’s when the real effects of intermittent fasting start kicking in.

In the meantime, the digestive system is at rest, which makes it conducive for your liver to be at its best. It repairs, heals and detoxifies your body. There are other benefits too!

Benefits of intermittent fasting

  • Healthy blood sugar
  • Enhances body’s natural detox mechanisms
  • Cells and tissue repair
  • Improves muscle gain
  • Helps in fat loss and thereby weight loss
  • Boosts immune health
  • Promotes longevity
  • Improves digestion

How to get started?

Intermittent fasting can be tough if you are new to it or jump at it right away. So, here are a few tips to get you started.

Prepare: Having food ready when it’s time to eat REALLY helps you make good food choices. If you’re hungry and there are no healthy options around, hunger will win and you will inevitably find yourself eating something you wish you hadn’t.

Begin slow: Start out by skipping a meal and replacing it with a smoothie. Start limiting your eating times to a shorter window. Veggie Mama’s Garden Power is a great way to supplement nutrients during the fasting period, especially if you’re feeling hungry.

Work a schedule: Choose a time that works for you. It will help you stick to your plan. Skip or eat meals based on your schedule. For example, try eating between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. We recommend this time because this tends to be the most active part of our day. Therefore, you avoid sluggishness or fatigue in the middle of a work day.

Points to remember,

  • Avoid overeating after breaking your fast
  • Choose wholesome foods
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Include healthy fats in your meals
  • Avoid intermittent fasting if you have diabetes, or pregnant/nursing. Children and patients recovering from surgery should avoid too. Check with your doctor.

Can I use Veggie Mama’s Garden Power drink mix ?

Absolutely! Garden Power is great during the eating or fasting period. Here is how it helps:

The organic superfoods keep your mind and body functioning at its best.

Curbs hunger and sugar cravings common during the fast.

Helps you transition to your fasting schedule with ease.

Helps you stay motivated and stick to your schedule.

Take in between your meals to keep you energized and kick the sugar and caffeine habit away.

References

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http://jap.physiology.org/content/99/6/2128

Harvie MN et. al. The effects of intermittent or continuous energy restriction on weight loss and metabolic disease risk markers: a randomized trial in young overweight women. International Journal of Obesity (2011) 35, 714–727

Mansell PI1, Fellows IW, Macdonald IA. Enhanced thermogenic response to epinephrine after 48-h starvation in humans. Am J Physiol. 1990 Jan;258(1 Pt 2):R87-93.

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