Why intermittent fasting and exercise have a big impact on your health

Three years ago I wrote a column on intermittent fasting. I had studied it and was intrigued by what I found, but I was not a practitioner. In other words, I wrote an information column but didn’t have any personal experience or insights.

Frankly, I didn’t think about it much more until it was published and I received an incredible response from readers, far more emails on this topic than on any other topic I’ve covered in my 43 years as a health columnist. Furthermore, the responses have been extremely enthusiastic, advertising surprising effects and benefits. As a result, I decided I needed to have more first-hand knowledge, so I took the plunge.

I would like to start with the different types of intermittent fasting. The first is the type I follow on a daily basis where I pack my food into a narrow window. Initially, that window was eight hours, meaning I would consume everything I would eat for the day between approximately 1pm and 9pm and fast (nothing but water, unsweetened tea, or black coffee) the rest of the day. This was easy and posed no problem for me as I had become a staunch believer in eating when I’m hungry rather than eating at set times, and I’m generally not hungry when I wake up in the morning, so skipping breakfast was no big deal. .

Intermittent fasting refers to an eating style in which one eats within a certain period of time and fastes the rest of the time.

At around 1pm, I was starting to get hungry and had lunch. But I would go easy on food and would typically consume 24 to 32 ounces of a nutritious homemade blend with lots of green leafy vegetables and a few carrots, fruits (an orange, an apple, blueberries, etc.), soy powder. high protein (chocolate flavored), raw nuts and soy milk, mixed in a high-powered Vitamix blender. There are other brands of blenders to choose from, but the key is high power, as a regular blender can’t do the job.

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