Intermittent Fasting for Women
With intermittent fasting gaining significant traction in the world of dieting today, both men and women are considering the benefits of putting their bodies into fasted states for better metabolisms and usage of stored fat.
First, what is intermittent fasting?
Intermittent fasting is a simple diet strategy that is more concerned with when you eat, over what you eat. Most commonly practiced as an 8 hour eating period, followed by a 16 hour fasting period, many changes occur in your body while its awaiting its next meal. Also possible in two 24 hour fasting periods per week, intermittent fasting awakens a natural biological process that was embedded when humans were hunters and gatherers.
As a result, as you fast, your body has two important changes:
- The levels of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) go up, increasing fat loss and muscle gain
- Your insulin level sensitivity drops dramatically, which means stored body fat becomes more accessible
You’re probably wondering, is something like intermittent fasting for women safe? Let’s review the research below!
Beware of Calorie Restrictions
Women’s bodies are more sensitive to fasting periods due to the necessity of caloric intake for reproductive system balance. As a result, it is advised that women practice the art of fasting in smaller, more frequent windows than men, to ensure their menstrual cycles, bone health, and overall energy levels are where they need to be for hormonal secretion.
However, that does not mean that you have to skip out on this dieting practice altogether. Many studies have demonstrated this dieting patterns for women produces:
- Lower blood pressure
- Lower LDL cholesterol
- Lower risk of developing diabetes
- Increased weight and fat loss
- Lower intake of daily calories
- Reduced inflammation
And the list goes on. Although it is generally agreed that intermittent fasting for women is not as effective as for men, it still comes with many benefits and a lower rate of fat burning that makes it a viable and safe option for women to consider.
Eating & Fasting at the Same Time
However, recently scientists have designed a way to guide the body through a fasted state while still eating.
The creators of the Fasting Mimicking Diet inspired by the work of Dr Valter Longo set out to uncover the undiscoverable by creating a fasting plan that includes eating while fasting. They created a plant-based food and drink 5 day fast that do not process as food through the body.
The program called ProLon Fasting Mimicking Diet is designed to help the body benefit from the effects of fasting while still nourishing it with the vitamins and minerals it needs to carry on.
For women of all ages, this kind of dieting support to intermittent fasting is absolutely essential for the stability of the endocrine system.