Do you recall when your parents said, “Don’t forget to eat breakfast! It’s the most important meal”, “Don’t skip breakfast, you’re body will think you’re starving it” ? These are the thoughts that so many of us believed to be true. But what if we challenged that “truth”?
Why do we blindly believe this traditional way of eating? Who said it was right? Do the people telling us this, have our best interest in mind? We are a team of active people who like to go against the norm because we’ve done life differently and we’ve seen the results.
Let’s chat about Intermittent Fasting. Have you heard of it? I’m sure you have but usually the word fasting intimidates people leaving them wondering and not researching. We’re here to break it down for you. GIve you the flockin’ facts and a real life example of someone who’s tried it and seen the results.
After Matt Gagne’s (CEO of Flock Goods) accident on July 23, 2014 recovery took a toll on his body. He weighed 233 pounds standing at a height of 5’ 10.5”. His body had been through alot physically because of the accident and took on extra non needed weight. He turned to Intermittent fasting as a way to help heal his body by boosting hormones and bone density as well as to help lose the extra weight. Now he walks around at 170lbs with 8% body fat.
Intermittent Fasting is just that, a controlled period of time where you don’t eat. The most common type of “feeding window” is the 16-8. This means you don’t eat for 16 hours and consume all of your daily caloric intake within the 8 hour window. It’s not about restricting your calories. It’s about giving your body and digestive system a break in order to improve efficiency, balance blood sugar, and boost your anti aging hormones, naturally.
The research is overwhelmingly positive in regards to intermittent fasting and not only in regards to weight loss. It improves the markers of longevity, improves brain health, helps fight inflammation in the body which leads to a host of other health issues along with so much more.
Ways to excel at IF :
- Know yourself and the challenges
- It requires control and discipline during fasting periods
- It shouldn’t be used as an excuse for ongoing or overly restrictive calorie consumption
- Hitting the gym while IF boost results
- For example consider strength training
- It’s more likely to reduce body fat percentage and maintain or improve muscle mass when you exercise and fast
- Eat well while your fasting
- This isn’t an excuse to overeat
- Don’t restrict or count calories but be mindful of proper nutrition
- You are what you eat ; whole real foods
- Ease your way in
- It’s a lifestyle change and isn’t for everyone
- Give it a try and see how you feel
- Start with 12-12 and work your way up