As the New Year is upon us, many of us are writing down and setting goals for 2017, some of which may include losing that stubborn 10-15lbs, losing a little bit of body fat, running our first 5km or half marathon race, improving overall health and wellbeing, feeling more energized, less sluggish, sleeping better!
Even though we all make these types of goals, sometimes we have a hard time actually achieving them due to the lack of making an action plan and following through with it. This is more common than not, and can result in feeling disapointed in ourselves, guilty and sometimes even depressed.
One thing to keep in mind when setting new years goals is to make them attainable and making a solid game plan to set yourself up for success right from the beginning.
One of my personal health and fitness goals this year is to lose that stubborn 10-15lbs that has been lurking around for the past 2 years. Time to kick it in the butt and really challenge its existence!
One of the ways I am going to tackle this goal is that I am going to start an activity that is called 'Intermittent Fasting'. Intermittent fasting is taking a break for a day or two at a time from eating solid food. There are many ways to do this, however I will be using Isagenix Cleanse for Life products to support my body during my 1-2 days/week fasting days.
Why Fast you ask? I have done much research and with my understanding and background of Nutritional Sciences and Biochemistry I have come up with main benefits (including weight loss) that this serves us.
1. Intermittent Fasting changes the functions of cells, genes and hormones.
When we don't eat for a period of 24-30 hours, our bodies intiate an important cellular repair process and changes hormones levels to make stored body fat much more accessible.
2. Helps with Weight Loss and Body (Visceral) Fat Loss
Visceral Fat is the dangerous fat that surrounds our vital organs and affects our body's metabolism and ability to fight diseases. When we fast from eating, our body starts breaking down our cells and has access to our to the deep fat cells and flushes all of the toxins and excess fat cells.
In addition to this, we are decreasing our total caloric intake during this short period of time which speeds up our metabolism for the long term, long lasting calorie burning effects.
3. Intermittent Fasting can reduce insulin resistance, lowering the risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
Intermittent fasting has a direct effect on reducing blood sugar levels which has major benefits on reducing insulin resistance. There are also studies on the positive effects on kidney function!
4. Reduction in Oxidative Stress and Inflammation in the Body.
The spike in human growth hormone along with the repair processes occurring at a cellular level helps fight inflammation and release of free radicals which is key in preventing onset of chronic illness and disease.
5. Nerve cell repair and growth, important benefits for brain health.
Intermittent fasting has shown increases in brain hormones that low levels have been linked to depression and other mental illness, as well as evidence for nerve cell repair and growth in some cases.
Overall, intermittent fasting has the most benefits between 24-48 hours in length, at a frequency that is manageable for each individual, no more to be undertaken than once a week. Other side affects of intermittent fasting include; mental alertness, increased energy levels, better sleep, increased mood etc.
If you are interested in more on this topic, or want some suggestions on how to start your own fasting game plan - please don't hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy Fasting!!