The Truth about Intermittent Fasting

Dr. Stephen Trudeau - La Plage Wellness

Intermittent fasting is what it says, taking periods of time each 24-hour cycle to abstain from food but still eat at least some nutritious meals each day. This method of food regulation and therefore body composition (weight loss), has gained tremendous popularity in recent years. Truth be told it is only in recent modern history that we have adopted our three square meals a day default eating schedule. Interesting that we ‘feel’ hungry at 6am, 12 noon, and 6pm. Add into that midnight or late-night snacking.

There is an excellent body of research which keeps building that supports the claims for overall health and vitality using intermittent fasting. These benefits include improvements in metabolism (weight loss), cardiovascular (heart health), insulin sensitivity (diabetes), and tissue healing. But the greatest benefit is the removal of being a slave to the traditional expectations of hunger.

Hunger is a vital human internal signal, but it has become influenced by our abundance of readily available food, scheduled eating times, and emotional connection to food as comfort. We have all heard the admonishment; “you’re not hungry, you’re just bored.” Emotional eating and or being a slave to the typical schedule of eating does not give us freedom. To master one’s own urges and impulses is to gain freedom and increase a sense of personal mastery.

“One of the most important marks of our maturity and mastery is the ability to delay gratification of immediate needs and desires for a future gain.” Dr. Stephen Trudeau

Intermittent fasting is not the only healthy eating pattern, but it does deserve respect and consideration. As with any major changes please seek the advice of your doctor or nutritional counselor. At La Plage Wellness, our nutritional counselors can help you decide which eating patters best fit your health and fitness goals. Call us to learn more.