What is Fitness or Being Fit?
Fitness: the quality of being suitable to fulfill a particular role or task.
Fit: of a suitable quality, standard, or type to meet the required purpose.
Fit: in good health, especially because of regular physical and/or mental exercise.
Intermittent fasting (IF) is an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating. It doesn’t specify which foods you should eat but rather when you should eat them. In this respect, it’s not a diet in the conventional sense but more accurately described as an eating pattern.
Some of the reported health benefits of Intermittent Fasting
• Weight and body fat loss
• Increased fat burning
• Lowered blood insulin and sugar levels
• Possibly reversal of type 2 diabetes
• Possibly improved mental clarity and concentration
• Possibly increased energy
• Possibly increased growth hormone, at least in the short term
• Possibly an improved blood cholesterol profile
• Possibly longer life
• Possibly activation of cellular cleansing by stimulating autophagy
• Possibly reduction of inflammation
Intermittent Fasting offers many important unique advantages that are not available in typical diets.
Where diets can complicate life, intermittent fasting may simplify it. Where diets can be expensive, intermittent fasting can be free. Where diets can take time, fasting saves time. Where diets may be limited in their availability, fasting is available anywhere. Fasting is a potentially powerful method for lowering insulin and decreasing body weight.
During the fasting window you can consume liquids such as Coffee, Green Tea, BCAAS, Veggie/Fruit/Herb Powders mixed with water only, and of course plenty of Water (no smoothies).
During the feeding window you can eat whatever you like but take your time and chew your food, be mindful, and eat slowly to assist with breaking your food down as if it was baby food when you swallow. This will allow the body to use less energy during the digestion process and be able to absorb and use the nutrients with the food.
🥴* But remember if you are eating processed foods your body will not have a lot of nutrients to use and absorbed due to the lack of nutrition in processed foods. ☹
🙂** The goal is to eventually start incorporating better food choices and more whole foods in its natural state or properly cooked during the feeding window. 😁
Examples below of the Intermittent Fasting protocols we will focus on with the goal of working our way up to 16-18 hours fasting window and 8-6 hours feeding window.