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Intermittent Fasting – A fast(er) way to health.

Intermittent Fasting – A fast(er) way to health.
What IF? What if there was a way to better health by doing… nothing?
We say do nothing but Intermittent Fasting is actually a very well thought-out process and something we believe in and practice daily.
Think of the body as a machine; we feed it fuel to enable us to live day to day; for our organs to function, hair to grow, cells to heal. These are the subconscious uses of our food. We also feed our bodies to use as energy to move, work, play and train, our conscious activity.
The body takes on a lot, and although each night our mind sleeps our body doesn’t, and it is important to give it a chance to rejuvenate and digestive system ‘rest’.
Intermittent fasting can be carried out in various ways; most commonly those following this way of eating will practice 16:8. This is a 16 hour fast with an eight-hour window to consume the calories, vitamins, minerals, good fats and proteins needed. The sixteen hours includes the time you are asleep, so in essence yes everyone fasts, but your body needs longer to reap maximum benefits.
What are these benefits?
In a time where we are constantly shoving pills, powders, shakes and liquids down our throats in a bid for better health, actually, the best thing for us could be to just do nothing.
Intermittent fasting has been proven to improve mental clarity, this means making better decisions – food choices, professional choices, family choices, generally living each day with a clearer and more focused mind. There is significant evidence that this way of eating has helped patients ease off of prescription drugs for various issues including depression and anxiety.
We are not saying IF id a miracle cure for all of life’s ailments but It has had great results with patients reversing the damage caused from fatty liver, sleep problems such as insomnia, sleep apnea and snoring. IF is also attributed to lowering blood insulin and sugar levels which is pivotal in reversing type 2 Diabetes, important for women suffering PCOS and a game changer for general energy levels, which can be increased considerably.
Intermittent fasting not only affects the mind and the body internally but has a considerable impact on the body externally, with improved fat burning IF can help assist with weight loss and increase growth hormones that contribute to lean muscle mass.
One common misconception to IF is thinking you take in fewer calories. This is not the case. Instead, you adapt your eating pattern to a specific window (8, 6, 4 or the extreme fasters 2 hours in the day). It is essential that you the calories consumed are calculated correctly for what you are trying to achieve, reducing calorific intake will slow down your metabolism resulting in faster/ easier weight gain in some cases.
Sounds pretty awesome right. So will you be ‘hangry’? And how will you get through that early morning board meeting?
Our advice would be to start slowly, if you have busy mornings during the week, give it a go at the weekend. Or, instead of 16 hours start with 10. It is a flexible method and one that once you feel the difference will adapt to very easily.
Intermittent fasting also doesn’t have to be every day, you may have heard of the 5:2 ‘diet’, this is essentially a variation on the IF ideology where you eat normally for five days and ‘fast’/ restrict calorie intake for two. Another variation sees followers of IF taking part in 2-3 full day fasts then not fast the rest of the week.
It is important to drink a lot of water no matter what form of fast you partake in, water consumption is essential even though the fasting hours to ensure proper bodily function and toxin extraction.
The benefits of IF are proven, however, we do advise you to speak a medical/nutritional expert before carrying out any form of drastic change in your eating habits or diet. Fasting can prove very problematic if undertaken while on prescription medicine! 
Listen here to UFC Middleweight champion and three-time Welterweight Champion George St-Pierre, talk to Joe Rogan about how Intermittent Fasting has cured his Ulcerative colitis, the very illness that forced him to take a voluntary hiatus after his fight with Michael Bisping.



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