• Mia Harris

Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss

Intermittent fasting is becoming increasingly more popular and is getting a lot of hype on social media. I get asked about it quite often and many of my male clients strike an interest in this eating method. As with any diet, there are pros and cons so make sure you look at both sides before deciding to try it yourself. I personally practice it periodically to help with digestion and reducing bloat. So let's dive into it...

What is Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent fasting is a pattern that cycles between periods of eating and fasting. It is the controlled absence of food.

Fasting has been around for a very long time and has been used in Chinese medicine and Ayurveda . We often fast when we are sick to allow our body to focus on recovering, rather than digesting food. It was a more natural way of eating in primal times when food wasn't as readily available as it is today.

What are the benefits?

  • Can aid in insulin resistance,

  • Burns stored glycogen stores,

  • Increases fat burn leading to weight loss

  • Reduces inflammation

  • Helps to improve digestion

  • Boosts metabolism

  • Assists in detoxification and cell regeneration

Who is intermittent fasting good for?

This plan is great for men and women who are overall healthy but looking to boost weight loss or balance out hormones like insulin. This style of eating could make it easier to stick to your eating  or weight loss plan.

Who should avoid it?

People who are underweight or have a history with eating disorders, are pregnant or breastfeeding, and those under the age of 18 should not try intermittent fasting. Also those with medical condition such a as diabetes should contact their doctor before trying intermittent fasting. This style of eating is also not recommended for those who are chronically stressed or having trouble sleeping.

Common Methods of Intermittent Fasting

Fast for 16 hours with an 8 hour eating window

Fast for 18 hours with a 6 hour eating window

24 hour fast

Eat normally for 5 days and incorporate two 500-600 calories days

My thoughts:

As with any diet, there are going to be pros and cons. What is important is that you listen to your body. If it feels too hard maintain or you feel fatigued or hungry, then perhaps it's not for you. If you want to give it a try, start off easy. Try the 12 and 8 method where you fast for 12 hours and have an 8 hour eating window. So that might look like you stop eating at 8 pm and then do not eat again until 8 am the next morning.

Fasting does have a time and a place. Always check with a practitioner or ask for advice if this is something you are considering.

Have questions about nutrition? Please feel to reach out and email me at miaharrisnutrition@gmail.com