Weight loss is such a huge topic for women.
The hasty grab for diets and appointments with dieticians, especially in the Spring and Summer.
Perhaps you have started a new exercise program? I see so many women in my practice struggling and running in all directions, but the bottom line is this:
You have to become healthy to lose weight, not lose weight to become healthy!
Do you feel as though you are doing everything right?
Are you following a low-calorie diet, drawn from healthy food sources and keeping to regular workouts, but still not losing weight?
As an OBGYN, I see a wide range of health issues and hormone imbalances that stem from chronic inflammation. While acute inflammation is a necessary reaction to help fight off pathogenic bacteria and infections, ongoing chronic inflammation can contribute to everything from auto-immune conditions to cancer.
There are many natural remedies and supplements that can help fight off and reduce chronic inflammation but one of my favorite tools is INTERMITTENT FASTING.
Intermittent fasting means going without food and water for a minimum of 12-16 hours.
This has been a healing practice since ancient times. Giving your body a break from food allows your gut to reset and inflammation to cool down. Your body then uses existing fat deposits as its source of energy, producing some unique benefits to your overall health.
Weight loss will be a pleasant side effect of intermittent fasting.
Some other benefits:
- improves blood sugar levels
- encourages weight loss
- improves auto-immune conditions
- enhances heart health
- significantly reduces the risk of cancer
- reduces the craving for carbs
- improves cognitive function
- enhances lung function
- helps heal the gut
In my clinical practice, I have observed and implemented intermittent fasting as a tool for increasing fertility, recommending it for 5 days in a row in the follicular phase.
As a procedure to correct hormonal imbalance, intermittent fasting needs an experienced clinician to prescribe the exact protocol.
As for all fasting methods, check with your health care provider that you are in an adequate condition to do it.
I personally use intermittent fasting 3 days a week.