WHAT IS INTERMITTENT FASTING AND HOW DOES IT WORK


Jennifer DeMaagd: Do you keep hearing all
about intermittent fasting and the great results that people are getting? Doesn’t it go against everything that we’ve
been taught? I’m going to break down everything you need
to know about intermittent fasting, how it works, so that you can decide if you want
to give it a try. Jennifer DeMaagd: For the easiest to understand
and helpful advice and everything health and mindset related, subscribe to my channel,
and hit the bell to be notified every Thursday when a new video goes live. Jennifer DeMaagd: Intermittent fasting seems
to be the latest trend to hit the weight loss market right now, and everybody seems to be
talking about it and how miraculous it is. I’m going to break down what it is, how it
works, and if you should try it. Jennifer DeMaagd: So what is intermittent
fasting? Intermittent fasting is when you go through
periods where you just do not eat. You can still drink and there are certain
liquids that are okay that aren’t going to break your fast. Coffee is one of them. Bulletproof Coffee is great. I choose to drink tea when I am fasting, but
there’s many different theories about the best way to do intermittent fasting, and this
is something that you are just going to have to listen to your own body and see what works
for you. Jennifer DeMaagd: So, the most common type
of intermittent fasting is what’s called a 16-8 fast. This is where you don’t eat for 16 hours of
the day, and you just eat within a window of eight hours. So how this would look in real life is if
you finish eating at 8:00 at night, you would not eat against until Noon the next day. So basically you would skip breakfast. Jennifer DeMaagd: You can shift those windows
around. Some people do like an 18-6 fast where they
make that window of time smaller, or there is what’s called a 5-2 fast, and this is where
you fast for a period of 20 to 24 hours, like two days a week, and then you eat normally
three meals a day, five days a week. Jennifer DeMaagd: So, this is the type of
fast that I do, and how this works is on Mondays and Thursdays I don’t eat until probably 3:00
or 4:00, and then I will have a healthy snack and then a nice dinner. Then the next day, so that would be like my
Monday, and Tuesday I would start off with breakfast again, lunch, dinner, all that,
keep up with that until Thursday when I would fast again. Jennifer DeMaagd: So, how does fasting actually
work? Okay, so I want to try to beak this down for
you so it’s really easy to understand. When you eat anything, when you take food
into your body, you’re going to set off all sorts of different hormones. One of those main hormones is insulin, and
this is one that’s pretty common. So how fasting works is after you eat, your
body releases insulin to bring your blood sugar levels down. Jennifer DeMaagd: And so, if we are eating
multiple times a day, our body keeps releasing insulin multiple times a day, especially if
you are eating high carbohydrate processed foods, things that are like you know candy,
cookies, bread, things like that. They’re going to cause your blood sugar to
go up really quickly, and your body’s going to release a bunch of insulin to bring your
blood sugar levels down. Jennifer DeMaagd: Now, insulin is also your
fat storage hormone, so the more insulin your produces, the more fat your body stores. That’s why eating a bunch of simple carbohydrates,
a highly processed standard American diet is going to cause you to gain a lot of weight
because your body is releasing lots and lots of insulin. Jennifer DeMaagd: So, the only way to kind
of cut down on the amount of insulin that your body is producing is to eat less often,
and to have bigger periods of time where you don’t eat. And so what this does is it increases your
insulin sensitivity, so that means that when your body does produce that insulin, it’s
going to work really well and it’s not going to produce as much of it. That’s why fasting works really well for a
lot of people, especially if your are not controlling your blood sugar levels and you’re
not eating a lot of high fiber, nutrient-dense foods like vegetables, good healthy proteins,
good healthy fats, things like that. Jennifer DeMaagd: So, that is on a physical
level, that is how fasting works, because you’re kind of flushing your body of all that
excess insulin. Jennifer DeMaagd: So, comment below if you’ve
tried intermittent fasting. If you do it, which one do you like to do? Do you like to do the 16-8, the 5-2, or is
there a different one that you like to do? I’d love to hear the results that you’re getting,
or if you’d like to try it, I’d like to hear that too, so comment below. Jennifer DeMaagd: So, I’ve already talked
about the different types of intermittent fasting. You can do like a 16-8 fast, or you can do
like a 5-2 fast. The biggest question I get asked is how do
I start doing intermittent fasting, because I am not going to lie to you. When I started, it was really scary. So, what I advised my clients is the first
step is I’d say cut down the windows that you eat during the day. So if you snack often, I would say try to
kind of cut down on those snacks and maybe cut out those snacks. Jennifer DeMaagd: I am not going to lie to
you. The hardest part of me getting started was
wrapping my mind around it, and I remember being really scared the first day that I was
just going to skip breakfast. I thought I was going to get lightheaded,
I was going to feel dizzy, I was going to be super ravenously hungry, and what I found
was I actually wasn’t. Jennifer DeMaag: Now, a couple of tips that
I find help me really well when I’m fasting is I make sure to stay really busy, so I’m
also a Pilates instructor. I always try to fast on days that I’m busy
in the studio so that I’m not just sitting around the house with food kind of tempting
me. Jennifer DeMaagd: I also make sure that I
drink tea, and I actually have a tea that I really like. It’s a black tea that’s cinnamon flavored,
and cinnamon actually helps to increase your body’s insulin sensitivity, so it’s kind of
like a one-two punch. That helps me out tremendously. Jennifer DeMaagd: So the first day that I
tried it, I just skipped breakfast, and then I had a good healthy lunch. And then there was a day when I was really
busy, and I ended up skipping breakfast and then not eating until about 4:00. I was amazed that I really wasn’t hungry. I felt really mentally clear, had a lot of
energy, and it really worked well for me. Jennifer DeMaagd: So now that you know what
intermittent fasting is, I would love to hear if you’ve tried it or if you’re going to try
it. Please put in the comments below if you’ve
tried it, if you love it, or maybe you hated it. I would love to know either way what you think
about it, and maybe if you plan on trying it. Jennifer DeMaagd: And I alluded to before
the hardest part of me making the change to do intermittent fasting was wrapping my mind
around it, and getting the mindset to make it successful. And so, if mindset is something that you would
like help with, I’ve got a free video series that lays out everything you need to know,
how to make real lasting changes that stick, and having the mindset to make those changes
become just habits that you don’t even think about. Jennifer DeMaagd: So now, if you’ve liked
this video, please like it below, and share in the comments whether you like it. And I would love if you’d subscribe to my
channel if you need more helpful tips on anything health and mindset related. And if you have any friends that need help
with their health, please share this video with them. Have an awesome day, and I will see you next
Thursday. Bye-bye.

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Reader Comments

  1. sarahbellhamric

    I subscribed! And I will try the intermittent fasting. The 5-2 is what will probably work best for me, but I may try the 16-8 as well.

  2. Susan Simpson

    This is great!!! I have been wanting to do this but wasnt sure where to begin. I have been loving bone broth lattes,can you do that? I have been using bone broth, ghee,and turmeric and ginger. When I drink that I can go for a long period without being hungry. I also love tea! Ithink I would prefer the 5 to 2 method. Thanks Jen!

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