Intermittent Fasting is a pattern of eating in which you restrict the hours you eat each day, rather than the amount of food you eat. It is NOT a fad or crash diet, but rather a lifestyle promoting weight loss, health, and longevity.
By entering the fasted state (which begins to occur approximately 12 hours after one's last meal), the body embraces a fat burning metabolism, up-regulating key hormones and neurotransmitters to "unlock" your fat stores, providing you with resilient energy and weight loss. In the fasted state, you will not be hungry, since the body experiences near-limitless stores of energy from your stored body fat! (Think of those times you just had no appetite, even though you hadn't eaten in awhile, such as while involved in a fun activity.)
Not only is intermittent fasting great for weight loss, burning stubborn fat, and maintaining a lean body composition without feelings of restriction, but it also provides numerous other health benefits! Intermittent fasting supports the immune system, regulates blood sugar, helps protect against diseases (including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer), boosts longevity, and supports autophagy: the process by which the body breaks down and recycles old, worn out proteins on a cellular level. Intermittent fasting is like an amazing, full-body cleanse, giving you the healthy, lean body you've always desired!
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There are many ways to practice intermittent fasting. As long as you go 12 hours without eating, you'll enter the fasted state. Many people choose to eat in a 16:8 pattern, in which they fast for 16 hours, and eat in an 8 hour window. Others choose to eat just one or two meals per day. Melanie and Gin, for example, both eat one luscious dinner at night.
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