Today we talk about intermittent fasting, a powerful way to reduce cravings, control weight and live youthfully. During my rehabilitation from sciatica and spinal surgery, I was struggling to lose the excess fat I had gained from months of inactivity. Despite a low carbohydrate diet and daily exercise, my weight was dropping very slowly. I decided to go fully ketogenic, low carb and healthy fats, eating what felt right for me. And an interesting thing happened.
Suddenly, when I got up in the morning, had my coffee, water and supplements, I had lots of energy, my mood was great, and I just wasn’t hungry. I would have a second cup of coffee around 11 or 12, and when my body told me it was time to eat, anywhere from 16 to 20 hours after I had finished dinner the night before, I would have a light lunch.
I didn’t name it as such, at the time, but inadvertently I was practicing intermittent fasting, sometimes called time restricted eating. With this combination of intermittent fasting, ketogenic nutrition, and an exercise program of dance, walking and resistance training, my body composition changed dramatically. The excess fat dropped off but I did not lose muscle mass. Today, I still follow this nutrition and exercise lifestyle, and feel better than I did when I was ten years younger. For some people the word fasting conjures up negative emotions of deprivation. A comment I hear often, is “I couldn’t possibly fast” but in reality we all fast without consciously thinking about it for 6 to 8 hours when we sleep.
My guest today is an intermittent fasting expert, wellness coach and human movement specialist. Brian Gryn is host of the Get Lean Eat Clean Podcast and author of The Simple Intermittent Fasting Journal. He is also the creator of The Intermittent Fasting Certification Course. With over 15 years of experience in health and wellness, Brian developed his Fat Burner Blueprint Program. This program focuses on nutrition, meal timing, stress management, sleep and micro-workouts. Brian believes that challenging the body and mind through brief hormetic stressors like fasting, cold/warm therapy, resistance training and sprinting will help you get your body back to what it once was!
We discuss choosing the best way to start intermittent fasting, whether to work out in a fasted state state, and tips to overcome hunger? For someone starting out it is important to consult your doctor, to have baseline biomarkers measured and where needed, ongoing monitoring. We also discussed hormetic stressors, hot/cold exposure, short bursts of high intensity exercise as boosts to the immune system
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