What Is Intermittent Fasting?
Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where you eat within a defined period of time and otherwise avoid eating. For the purpose of this article, intermittent fasting means eating within a 6-9-hour window and avoiding food for 16-18 hours. This is usually achieved by eating dinner around 6:00-8:00 pm and eating the first meal of the day around 10:00 am to noon.
Intermittent Fasting Benefits
This controlled eating pattern has many benefits including:
- reduce insulin resistance (it can lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes)
- increase human growth hormone which is important for tissue repair, healing, muscle mass
- improve cellular repair and remove waste materials from cells
- weight loss (including belly fat)
- reduce inflammation
- improve brain health
You can see why intermittent fasting is something to consider! However, you’re probably wondering if intermittent fasting is okay for women, especially women with a hormone imbalance.
That answer is not a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’. It depends on what kind of hormone imbalance you have. Read More