I was introduced to intermittent fasting about 4 or 5 years ago and it changed my life completely. When I first encountered this lifestyle, I didn’t quite understand the concept really. In fact there wasn’t enough information out there about intermittent fasting and women. Like with everything in life, I had to grab the bull by the horns and tried it myself. I researched as much I could and went right in. I finished my dinner at 6:00 PM one night and didn’t have breakfast until 11:00 AM the next day.  An interesting discovery about this was, I was eating this way for a very long time before understanding what it was called. From 6:00 PM – 11:00 AM that is a 17 hour fasted period.


There are many different approaches to intermittent fasting, I have done 23:1 where you fast for 23 hours and feast for one hour everyday and I have done 17:6 as the examples given above where I fast for 17 hours and feast for 6 totalling a complete 24 hour. As demonstrated above, intermittent fasting is a scheduled time or an eating pattern when you eat and a time when you fast. After the fasted period is over and you start eating again, your body becomes more receptive to the carbohydrates consumed which allows you to use fuel effectively. 


According to Dr. Jason Fung, a Toronto doctor and the author of The Obesity Code “if you measure the blood sugar of someone who fasts, their blood sugar goes down and stays in that range for a really long time”. You might want to know how exactly does that work. Well when you intermittent fast, our bodies have no active inputs of insulin or fats so in that case our bodies are forced to use up stored fat and energy (sugars) to function. So here is the mechanics, when you don’t eat the body uses energy and when you eat the body stores energy.

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