Intermittent Fasting for Amazing Results

Weight loss is such a huge topic for women.

The hasty grab for diets and appointments with dieticians, especially in the Spring and Summer.

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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

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.

How Stress Affects Your Hormones

One of the biggest endocrine disruptors I have seen is STRESS.

What can we do to help reduce stress in our already very busy lives?

1. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

Are you taking on too much responsibility? Are you too much of a perfectionist? What can you let go of right now? Is it really that important? What’s more important than your health?

2. Look at the people around you.

You are a combination of the 5 people with whom you surround yourself the most. Are those people in your life high vibe? Or are they draining you? Are you always attracting drama?

Learning to say NO is imperative for your health. Say more "No" to others so you can say more "YES" to yourself.

3. Are you being productive or simply busy?

The productive process is more about ebb and flow than always being turned ON.

Make sure you take time to rest, to be quiet, to contemplate.

Start a meditation practice or create quiet time to be alone so you can focus and be more productive when you're "on."

4. Exercise to relieve stress.

Start yoga, walking, pilates, or interval training to release endorphins.

Start slow. Too much exercise can create more stress on your adrenal glands.

5. Take time to connect.

Connect with other women/girlfriends with whom you can be real and go deep. When women hang out together, serotonin and oxytocin are released in the brain, augmenting your hormonal health. Having a community around you of like-minded individuals is vital for optimal hormonal health.

6. Stop multi-tasking.

This includes texting in the car or being on your phone when you are with your kids.

I know, it’s a big one and it requires practice, so have a no-phones policy when you are at home at certain times.

Practice these small changes this week and let me know how you do.