Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent Fasting has been a very popular topic in my office with my patients for several years and it seems it’s now gaining traction especially for my dieters in ketosis.  Many are using it to lose weight, regain health and simplify their nutritional lifestyle.  In fact many studies show IF’s many benefits on the body, brain and overall vitality.  Here is what you need to know when it comes to Intermittent Fasting.

First, it should be noted as beneficial as IF can be for most people, some people should seek out approval from their qualified health care professional as studies have shown that IF may have risks with people with diabetes, problems with blood sugar regulation, low blood pressure, underweight, history of eating disorders, pregnant or breast-feeding women, and the use of certain medications.

Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating.  On a basic level, it does not say anything about which foods you should eat, but rather when you should eat them.  However with my patients, we have them use foods specified in our Advanced eating plan or Diet protocol.  We utilize the daily 16 hour intermittent fasting method with our patients.  Cutting our unnecessary sugars and carbs and filling your diet with plenty of veggies, cruciferous greens, essential healthy fats (coconut oil and grass-fed butter), and pasture-raised / organic animal proteins is a great start.

Since most people sleep 7-8 hours, performing the fast at night tends to be easier.  In fact when you break down the word ‘breakfast’ it literally means the break of a nightly fasting.  Having your dinner meal around 6pm would lead your breakfast meal around 10am.  You can move the hours up and down to fit your lifestyle and schedule.

When you fast, your body changes hormone levels like Human Growth Hormone (HGH) to rise and Insulin levels to drop – helping to make stored body fat more accessible.  The fat-burning hormone, Norepinephrine also is turned on helping in aiding in fat loss.  Fasting also allows for the cellular repair processes to occur.  Finally, it has been found that genetic expression of specific genes linked to longevity and disease prevention are turned on.

By fasting for 16 hours and then eating properly for the other 8 hours helps to limit caloric intake and can aid in weight loss as well.  Short-term fasting has been found to also help increase your metabolic rate with the changes in hormones.

Some studies show that IF can help reduce inflammation (the culprit of many chronic diseases), LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugars and insulin resistance.  These are all risk factors for heart disease.

Many are finding fasting easier as it actually simplifies your lifestyle by reducing the worried endless choices of meals, meal preparation can be easy and it keeps you healthy and energetic.

***Dr. Matt will go in depth on this at our next In-Office Workshop – Sat. 2/18 12pm (Roswell) 3pm (Johns Creek).  Sign up now at the office or calling 770-552-700***

 

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“Dr. Matt” as he is known to his patients, is in private practice, an author, nationally sought after speaker, visionary, Maximized Living Doctor of Chiropractic and health ambassador to the general public as he educates and empowers others about true health and well-being.  He works out of two health clinics in Roswell and Johns Creek, GA (both are just north of Atlanta) and has over 11 years of clinical experience.  You can reach him at (drmattcares@gmail.com)

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