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Articles about Intermittent Fasting:
This video is going to be about how I maintain my weight…it’s called Intermittent Fasting 16/8 method.
In this video I’m going to tell you about HOW I eat and why it works. And in my next video I’m going to give you an idea of WHAT I eat on a weekly basis and why.
I am not a Nutritionist or Dietician. I’ve been eating the way I do for over 20 yrs now, and it’s just an eating style and pattern that has always worked for me. I’ve never been someone who diets, nor have I ever struggled with my weight. I’m 5’ 3.5” and I weigh 110 lbs.
I eat the way I do for 2 reasons.
1. Because I “feel” my best when I eat this way….meaning I have the most energy…and I’m rarely hungry, which means I’m not always thinking about what I’m going to eat next (which leaves you feeling helpless sometimes leads to excessive snacking).
2. Because I have a certain idea or goal in my mind about the way that I want to look, dressed and undressed, and this style of eating has always worked to achieve that goals for me.
So what Intermittent Fasting is, is basically an eating pattern where you have about an 8 hour window when you eat, and a 16 hour window when you fast. There is actually scientific and physiological explanations for why it’s a healthy practice and why it is so efficient in keeping energy levels high, weight off and allows you to maintain muscle tone with light exercise.
The way that Intermittent Fasting is explained in the literature is that when you begin eating a mea,l or food in general, your body naturally goes into a digestion and absorption phase that can last for 2-5 hours. When your body is actively digesting food it is very difficult for your body to burn fat because insulin levels are high and energy is being used to digest your food. Believe it or not digestion requires a lot of energy, which to me, explained my fatigue after eating breakfast.
Now after the 2-5 hours it takes your body to digest the food, typically you’re ready to eat again. So again, you eat and you initiate digestion and absorption phase which requires energy and doesn’t allow for much fat burning since insulin levels are once again high. So there’s 2-5 MORE hours that your body requires to digest your food.
After you’ve eaten your last meal, and after 2-5 hours have passed, your body is no longer processing food. So when your body is no longer processing food, insulin levels begin to drop and your body begins to burn fat. This is the fasting phase. But it doesn’t begin until almost 12 hours after you’ve eaten your last meal. So if you eat your last meal at 8pm, the fasting phase doesn’t begin until almost 8 am. This is when your body is able to burn fat that wasn’t accessible to it during the time your body was preoccupied with digesting the food you’d just eaten. So by not eating breakfast, you are allowing your body to continue to efficiently burn fat, and you’re also keeping your energy levels up because your body is not actively using energy to digest your food.
One thing about Intermittent Fasting is that it’s not so much considered a “diet” as it is a “pattern” of eating. It has less to do with what you eat and more to do with when you eat. However, that doesn’t mean in your 8 hour window you should be eating whatever you want and as much as you want. Binge eating junk food is just never a good idea for plenty of other reasons. You don’t want to fuel your body with junk that can lead to diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, blood pressure. So many illnesses stem from unhealthy eating habits.
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