Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern that involves eating during a specific time frame each day and avoiding foods for many hours at a time. Although going without food for so long may seem uncomfortable and off-putting, intermittent fasting offers a wide variety of health benefits for your body.

Some of these benefits include:

  • Insulin resistance reduction 
  • Inflammation and swelling reduction
  • Reduction of bad cholesterol and blood sugar
  • Cancer prevention
  • Improved brain health
  • Anti-aging effects

Intermittent Fasting for Healthy Weight Loss

During the digestive process, carbohydrates become broken down into sugar, providing our body cells with energy. If this amount of energy is not used up through exercising, it becomes stored as fat.

With intermittent fasting, the stored fat is able to release its sugar to be used as energy, leading to a healthy weight loss process. 

Intermittent Fasting Methods

There are several methods for intermittent fasting, each one of them focusing on different time frames for food consumption.

During your consultation at PhySlim, our team will make sure to help you choose a fasting method for your particular goals and needs. 

The 16/8 Fasting Method

The 16/8 method of intermittent fasting includes an “eating window” of eight hours, followed by a fasting time frame that extends for the rest of the day. 

If you choose to have your first meal at noon, you’d have to end your eating window by eight pm and fast until noon the next day. 

The Eat-Stop-Eat Fasting Method

The eat-stop-eat method involves eating as regularly for most days but fasting for 24 hours once or twice a week. Although solid foods or high-calorie liquids are not allowed during your fasting period, water, coffee, tea, and other noncaloric beverages are allowed. 

The 5:2 Fasting Diet Method

The 5:2 fasting method involves eating your regular diet for five days out of the week but restricting your calorie intake for two days. 

Fasting Safety and Side Effects

It is normal to feel out of balance, hungry, and weak during your first attempts with intermittent fasting. However, these side effects will only appear temporarily until your body adapts to your new meal schedule. 

Who Should Not Fast

Although intermittent fasting offers multiple benefits, there are specific cases where alternative weight loss techniques may be suggested. This is particularly important if you:

  • Have diabetes or problems with blood sugar regulation
  • Have low blood pressure
  • Are underweight
  • Have a history of eating disorders
  • Are a woman who is trying to conceive or currently pregnant 

Our Approach to Intermittent Fasting

At PhySlim, we follow a completely personalized weight loss journey approach. During your intermittent fasting consultations, we will guide you through a multi-step process:

  • Consult with practitioner and evaluations: We will examine your vitals, weight, measurements, blood samples, and hormonal levels.
  • Intermittent fasting plan: Your PhySlim specialist will help you understand what method you will be following, take your health conditions into consideration, and work with you to develop an intermittent fasting plan that can help you lose weight and feel healthier.
  • Follow-up monitoring: Our constant check-ins will make sure to keep your weight loss progress in close observation. Whether virtually or through in-office visits, we will help you achieve your desired goals without ever compromising your health. 

Intermittent Fasting in Georgia and Florida

At PhySlim, we understand that every journey toward wellness is unique. All our medically assisted programs ensure personalized action plans with ongoing support every step of the way.

To schedule your consultation, book an appointment online or contact any of our locations in Newnan North, Newnan South, and Tallahassee.

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