Intermittent fasting: a magical solution?

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We’re sure that you’ve heard about intermittent fasting, the dietary approach that consists of limiting the time you eat. It’s a great way to “pause” our digestive system so that our bodies can have extra energy to perform other functions such as fighting inflammation, optimizing our immune system and more.

Basically, there are three “methods” of intermittent fasting:

  • Skip dinner – fast from 3 p.m. to 7 a.m. approximately;
  • Skip breakfast – fast from 8 p.m. to 12 noon approximately;
  • Fast for 24 hours, twice a week. The good news is this: all these methods provide benefits.

You just need to choose what works best for you. For some it is easy to skip breakfast and others cannot start the day without eating.

The other side of the coin

A mistake many make is to eat just about anything while they are in their ‘’eating’’ phase. Remember, not all calories are created equal! Our bodies “burn” calories, especially fat, during fasting. But for best results, we should always go for quality in our food choices, avoiding foods such as the following:

  • “Fast foods”
  • Processed foods
  • Soft drinks
  • Fruit juice from concentrate
  • Solid and liquid foods with a high glycemic index
  • Alcohol.

In conclusion

There are a few rules you need to follow to enjoy the benefits of intermittent fasting. The important thing is to have a stable schedule and make food choices that will support your long-term health. By reducing the number of calories you consume and choosing quality food, you will increase your chances of achieving and maintaining your overall wellness goals.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information on this topic, or to consult a healthcare professional familiar with intermittent fasting.

To your health! Jessica et Bruno

 

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Jessica Humphries & Bruno Saint-Hilaire

 

Jessica Humphries Bruno Saint-Hilaire84 Posts

Jessica Humphries est entraîneuse certifiée, coach santé et conceptrice de programmes d’entraînement physique en plein air offerts à longueur d’année. Diplômée de l’Université McGill, elle détient un baccalauréat en éducation physique et kinésiologie. - Bruno Saint-Hilaire est un professionnel de la santé qui a fait ses études universitaires en médecine sportive et nutritionnelle et administration des affaires. Ce qui le passionne depuis plus de 20 ans est d'accompagner sa clientèle très variée (enfants, adolescents et adultes) vers l'optimisation de leur santé afin de les aider à vivre au quotidien avec plus d'énergie et de vitalité. / Jessica Humphries is a certified natural trainer in functional fitness, yoga instructor, healthy lifestyle coach and the designer of year-round nature fitness training programs. She graduated from McGill University with a BEd in physical education and kinesiology. - Bruno Saint-Hilaire is a health professional who completed his university studies in sports and nutritional medicine and business administration. For more than 20 years his passion has been to accompany his wide range of clients (children, teens and adults) in the optimization of their health to help them live their daily lives with more energy and vitality. enerj.ca

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