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 Ditch Diet Drinks When Intermittent Fasting

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Many women mistakenly reach for ‘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 […]

Improve Your Digestion for Weight Loss – 5 Easy Steps

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If you feel like your digestive system is not quite doing it’s job then it could be affecting your body’s ability to stay nourished and to shed unwanted weight. So it might be time for a bit of a revamp. Here are 6 simple steps to help improve your digestion: Hydrate Depending on your age and your gender, your body is 65% to 90% water. That is a lot of water! So when we are dehydrated, all sorts of things can start to go wrong. Digestion being one of them. When our digestive system becomes affected our whole body is affected and our body’s ability to eliminate waste and release fat is affected. So make sure that drinking water is a priority when you’re trying to lose weight. You may have heard the recommendation to drink 2 litres of water a day. Well this is not entirely true. It varies from person to person, obviously. […]

Taking Apple Cider Vinegar to Assist Weight Loss when Intermittent Fasting

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You may have heard about the health benefits apple cider vinegar (ACV) already. It’s pretty well known as a ‘miracle cure’ for everything from skin blemishes, cleaning tough stains and whitening teeth. But what it’s most renowned for, is helping the body to alkalise and to detox which is needed for healthy weight loss. How does it do this?   Regulates pH levels You wouldn’t think it, but drinking the acidic tasting ACV actually helps to keep your body to become more alkaline. Like drinking water with some lemon, ACV-water encourages alkalinity once digested. It also helps to stimulate stomach acid, which helps with the digestion process. If our body’s pH levels are out of balance, it can cause an array of modern diseases as well as weight gain as a protective mechanism. So proper pH balance is extremely important. Balances blood sugar levels ACV is high in acetic acid, which has been shown to […]