Today, we are going to talk about Intermittent Fasting and our flexible IF plan in regards to women!
First off, we want to state that
flexible IF (Intermittent Fasting) is not a diet but rather an eating pattern…
It does not determine what you eat…
But rather WHEN you eat…
The key with flexible IF is that you will have a flexible window of time when you will be eating all of your meals, followed by a short fast.
There are LOTS of benefits to our flexible intermittent fasting:
Here are some of them:
-You can eat tons of great tasting foods
-Eating bigger meals
-Learning to listen and understand what your body needs
-No need to “calculate” all the time
-It can help you stay lean year round, almost effortlessly
-Boosts your metabolism
-Burns fat more efficiently
-Allows for a flexible, sustainable lifestyle
The point when doing flexible Intermittent Fasting is NOT to drastically cut calories. Rather, we want you to stick to high quality foods and eat them in a more condensed period of time.
We get this question a lot and want to address it:
“Are there differences when it comes to Intermittent Fasting between men and women?”
The answer is YES.
We suggest that everyone finds a moderate fasting length that works best for their body.
In our flexible Intermittent Fasting program, called LEAN FAST, we teach you how to figure out the right fasting length for you.
With that said, there are slight differences between men and women on how to utilize IF…
Many IF protocols are EXTREMELY strict and drastic and can have negative effects on women. If women are too extreme, or or fast for too long, or do not eat enough during their eating window, then it can lead to: fatigue, irregular periods, and hormone imbalances.
IF can be a great strategy, but you SHOULD NOT do IF if you are: pregnant, trying to get pregnant, if you have a disordered relationship with food, or if you have any major health concerns.
You now may be wondering,
“why as a women would I want to do IF?”
These above stated side-effects are from extreme protocols that are drastic and inflexible.
But, we have good news!
These negative side-effects can easily be avoided through some simple common sense tips.
COMMON SENSE TIPS:
1.Eat lots of REAL food.
-When women eat too little, their bodies suffer and don’t get the nutrients they need, which can lead to throwing off their hormones.
2.Do a moderate fast.
-Drastically long fasts over 16-24 hours is too long, especially for women. By simply pushing back your breakfast by one-hour, you can reap the benefits of IF–but avoid hormone imbalances.
3.Don’t cut out major food groups.
-If you cut out carbs entirely, or fats, or don’t eat enough protein, then your body will not function properly. Here at HIITBURN, we do not recommend extreme diets. And “extreme” means cutting out any major food groups for long periods of time. If you eat enough food, do a moderate fast, and get a good balance of carbs, proteins and fats, then you can see incredible results with flexible, intermittent fasting!
As always, we do want to say that if you have any health concerns, please do check with your doctor before starting intermittent fasting.
Intermittent Fasting has been one of the best approaches we use. We just want to remind you to listen to your body and make sure you are eating enough food!