Grossly or Mildly Overweight?
Fasting has always been an arena of intrigue for me especially when combined with better, simpler exercises, because I don’t care for most exercise programs.
I’ve never really had a problem with weight and this article provides some clues as to what I have done right by accident.
There are health benefits when you find your program for achieving and maintaining an ideal lifetime weight.
We will explode a few myths in other posts about calories in and how many calories you burn doing different exercises. That’s not the way your body works.
We’ll be adding a category on Ideal Weight.
Your body has emergency control systems to store and protect fat. If you don’t acknowledge and work with your body’s automated responses, you will just pull against the power of your autonomic nervous system and lose.
In this article, I discovered that some of my habits may qualify as intermittent fasting. This should introduce you to some methods definitely worth exploring for yourself.
Natural health expert and Mercola.com founder Dr. Joseph Mercola interviews Dr. Michael Mosley about intermittent fasting and how it can help you live healthy and longer.
By Dr. Mercola
Is there such a thing as a fast diet? Dr. Michael Mosley, a physician like me, wrote a best-selling book on this subject, aptly called The Fast Diet: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer with the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting, which answers that question.
As a journalist for BBC in the UK, Dr. Mosley has really helped popularize one of the most powerful medical interventions I’ve ever encountered for helping people normalize their weight, namely intermittent fasting.
I’ve previously featured some of his TV documentaries on intermittent fasting and high intensity exercise in this newsletter. In those programs, Dr. Mosley reveals his own health journey, showing how he went from being overweight, diagnosed with diabetes and high cholesterol, to regaining his health.
“My doctor wanted to start me on drugs. But I said, ‘I want to see if there’s something better and alternative out there,’” he says. “I started exploring, and came across intermittent fasting…
I ended up testing all sorts of different forms of fasting, including alternate-day fasting. Eventually, I came up with something that I called the 5:2 Diet, which is really counting calories two days a week and eating normally the other five days.
I stuck to that for about three months. During that period, I lost about 20 pounds of fat, my body fat went down from 28 percent to 20 percent, and my blood glucose went back to normal.
That was two years ago and it stayed completely normal since… I have to say it’s been absolutely life-changing.”
Different Types of Fasting Regimens
Intermittent fasting is an umbrella term that covers an array of different fasting schedules. As a general rule however, intermittent fasting involves cutting calories in whole or in part, either a couple of days a week, every other day, or even daily, as in the case of the scheduled eating regimen I use myself.
In his explorations, Dr. Mosley tried a number of these different approaches…
It is important to note that this is not a permanent eating program and once your insulin resistance improves and you are normal weight, you can start eating more food as you will have reestablished your body’s ability to burn fat for fuel.
Intermittent Fasting Actually CURBS Your Hunger
Many are hesitant to try fasting as they fear they’ll be ravenously hungry all the time. But one of the most incredible side effects of intermittent fasting that I’ve found is the disappearance of hunger and sugar cravings…
Dr. Mosley on Intermittent Exercise
Dr. Mosley is also a proponent of high intensity interval training (HIIT), and recently finished a new book called Fast Exercise…
Intermittent Fasting Benefits Your Brain
There’s exciting research indicating that intermittent fasting can have a very beneficial impact on your brain function, too. It may even hold the key to preventing Alzheimer’s disease…
Eating Like Our Ancestors Helps Optimize Biological Function
One of the arguments for intermittent fasting is that it mimics the way our ancestors ate. They didn’t have access to food 24/7, and underwent alternating intervals of “feast and famine.” The human body is adapted to this, and research shows that abstaining from food now and then actually optimizes biological function all-around…
Finding an Eating Schedule That Works
There are many reasons to implement an intermittent fasting schedule. Adding high intensity interval training and making sure you stand up at regular intervals (several times per hour) can go a long way toward eliminating not only unwanted weight, but also metabolic syndrome and most chronic disease—including heart disease and dementia.
Dr. Mosley and I have both had bouts of diabetes…
Read the rest of the information covered in the list above and/or watch the video. Source: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/08/17/intermittent-fasting-high-intensity-exercise.aspx
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