Why ‘Good Fat’ is Essential for Intermittent Fasting

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One of the most challenging tasks for us women is to get our head around the fact that eating fat is a good thing. We’ve had it drilled in to us that eating fat, especially saturated fat, will go straight to our thighs and make us fat. So most of us have been secretly avoiding all fats like the plague. All of the low-fat, high fibre diets, calorie counting, and the vilification of oils and fats have made even the smartest and nutritionally conscious women worried about including any kind of fats in their diet. So lets put this silly ol’ myth to rest once and for all.282727 Let’s be honest, fatty foods taste awesome. I know, right. Well of course they do, our bodies are designed to crave fat not only for their energy content but we need it to be healthy and function at an optimal level. So we seek out fatty goodness no matter how hard we […]

Trouble Sleeping When Intermittent Fasting? – 6 Tips to Help You Sleep

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Most of of us don’t get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep each night as it is.  So when we start intermittent fasting it’s crucial that we are getting a good night’s sleep to help our body to eliminate and shed toxins and unwanted fat. Not only does intermittent fasting help us to lose weight but it also kick starts our body in to detoxification mode which can cause a restless night’s sleep. This can occur because, as our body releases toxins from our fat cells and tissues into our blood stream, it can cause our body to release stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. The side effect? You are wide awake when you don’t want to be. Some intermittent fasters even report feeling shaky or having night sweats. Don’t panic if this happens to you. It may just be that you need to help your body with this detoxification process. If you keep having […]

4 Reasons to Give Up Diet Drinks When Intermittent Fasting

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Many women mistakenly rely on ‘diet drinks’ when trying to lose weight. Sometimes even as a snack replacement hoping that it will help them shed weight like a machine. It sounds like the perfect solution right? No calories. The bubbles make you feel full. What can go wrong? Well, unfortunately a few things can go wrong. Not only does the research show that diet drinks not only have no effect on weight loss, they can in fact, lead to weight gain. Uh oh! They Confuse Your Body Even though artificial sweeteners have no calories, they trick your body into thinking you’re eating sugar. So your body releases insulin in preparation for an increase in blood sugar. The more insulin you have lingering in your bloodstream, the more fat you’re likely to store. It also slows your metabolism, so you burn fewer calories during the day. So now that whole zero-calorie thing doesn’t seem like such […]

How Intermittent Fasting Tames Emotional Hunger

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Let’s be honest. We all eat when we’re not hungry from time to time. Whether we’re stressed at work, anxious about a job interview, bored while watching T.V or even just to cheer us up. These are all emotional reasons for eating and it’s perfectly fine once in a while. It’s when it becomes a habit that it becomes a problem. Well, intermittent fasters, you’re in luck. Yet another upside to intermittent fasting is that it can gradually retrain your brain to not only know the difference between emotional eating and real hunger, but also to build a newly formed habit of only eating when you’re actually hungry. And this is done all without you even having to try. How Do You Tell the Difference Between Emotional Hunger and Real Hunger? You can spot real hunger a mile away because it comes on gradually and in waves which become more intense over time. Emotional hunger […]

How Intermittent Fasting Can Help Prevent Alzheimer’s

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Most of us are already sold on the fact that intermittent fasting is an easy, healthy and extremely effective weight loss method. But did you know about the added benefits it has on the health of your brain? According to recent research, intermittent fasting once or twice a week can help ward off diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. What a bonus! Numerous studies have shown a positive correlation between calorie restriction and reduced risk of disease. One recent study conducted by Mark Mattson, head of the National Institute of Aging’s neuroscience lab, showed that brain cells in rodents benefited from alternate day calorie restriction because it protected them from the malfunctioning effects associated with aging and disease. So how exactly can eating less food help your brain? Just like your muscles, it is good to stress your brain in order to promote growth. Intermittent fasting puts mild stress on brain cells, which encourages the […]