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We’ve all heard it before. “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” It’s been engrained into our minds since we were children. But why?
There is a new trend emerging; Intermittent Fasting or IF for short. What exactly is it? What is it good for? Should I do it?
In its simplest form, IF is simply limiting your food intake to a small window of the day. Whatever you’re going to eat today, do it within the shortest time window you are able. One way to do it is to break your day into quarters or thirds. If you are getting 8 hours of sleep, right there is 8 hours with no food. Then, skip breakfast by going another 4-5 hours until lunch. Once you start eating, the clock starts. Get your dinner eaten between 6-8 pm and then that’s it. You haven’t starved yourself. You have only skipped one meal and possibly a nighttime snack.
Another method of Intermittent Fasting is to simply go a full 24 hours with no food one or two times a week. Let’s say you have lunch today. Don’t eat again until lunch tomorrow and then continue on like you normally would the rest of the week. This is a less popular method, but can be equally as effective.
What’s the point of this? There are many benefits to intermittent fasting. Weight loss – By eating at least one less meal per day, and keeping your other meals at a normal/healthy portion, you will naturally lose weight as you take in fewer calories. No only that, IF actually helps increase your metabolism, meaning more calories burned which equals more weight loss. Lowers Risk of Type 2 Diabetes – Studies show that fasting can reduce insulin resistance and lower your blood sugar levels, thereby lowering your risk of type 2 Diabetes. Save Time & Money – This is really more of a side benefit, but if you’re taking in less food, you’re naturally going to spend less on groceries in the way of breakfast foods, snacks, eating out, etc… You’re also saving time. That half hour you used to spend eating breakfast could be spent reading a book, exercising, or investing time with those you love.
By taking in less food, and limiting the time you are receiving it, it’s that much more important that you supplement your diet with the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients your body needs to function properly.
These are just a few of the benefits of IF. It may take a little effort at first breaking your breakfast or snacking habits. However, you’ll be encouraged when you start seeing and feeling the results. As a side note…By taking in less food, and limiting the time you are receiving it, it’s that much more important that you supplement your diet with the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients your body needs to function properly. Complete Adult packs 19 vitamins & minerals, probiotic, omega-3, and super greens into each capsule, giving you more nutritional bang for your buck than anything else on the market!