Don’t look now. And nobody panic. But it’s here again. Metabolic Mayhem Season has arrived.
You know what I’m talking about. It’s that “wonderful” time of year when you pack on the pounds, your blood sugar soars, and your heart risk surges.
Trying to stay healthy these last three months of the year can be a total nightmare. But what if I told you THIS year can be different?
Because new research has revealed that adopting an easy-to-follow eating trick I’ll show you in just a moment can put YOU back in the driver’s seat. And it can help you stay in control clear through to the New Year.
The key is understanding WHEN you eat can be just as critical as WHAT you eat.
Beat blood sugar surges with this timing secret
I’ll let you in on a little secret. Your body loves short-term fasting.
All kinds of health benefits come with it, including blood sugar improvements, weight loss, lower inflammation levels, reduced cancer risk, healthier blood lipid levels, and even brain protection.
But if you’re like most folks, you hate fasting just as fiercely as your body loves it. Because, let’s face it, starving yourself for a day (or even days on end) is no one’s idea of a good time. Heck, it could even drive a grown… and VERY HUNGRY… man or woman to tears.
However, fasting doesn’t have to be so restrictive to work. In fact, there’s a new form of this age-old practice that won’t leave you feeling deprived in the least. But at the same time, it can still deliver on all those metabolic benefits and more.
You may have heard of intermittent fasting before. After all, it’s gotten quite a bit of attention in the last couple of years. And for good reason.
Ditching processed foods, added sugars, and junk carbs is always a good goal, of course. But unlike traditional fasting, intermittent fasting still allows you to eat normal meals.
Plus, you don’t need to give up all your favorite foods to make fasting work for you.
Slash heart and diabetes risk with fasting
You see most diets label foods as either good or bad. And you’re expected to quit all the bad ones cold turkey. On the other hand, intermittent fasting simply limits eating to a specific window of time each day, often between 8 and 10 hours.
For example, you might skip breakfast (plain coffee or tea is fine) and have your first solid food at around 11 AM. Then you eat normally throughout the rest of the day. But be sure to swallow your last bite for the day no later than 7 PM. Easy, right?
Intermittent fasting is great for weight loss, of course. But the benefits get even better from there. The new study confirms it can improve your metabolism, making it a powerful tool for reducing diabetes and heart disease risks.
According to researchers eating all day with no time restrictions can mess with our internal clock. And that can make it difficult for your body to carry out certain critical routines and process incoming calories efficiently at the same time.
Intermittent fasting erases metabolic mayhem
The researchers pinpointed three key things in the body that rise and fall at different times throughout the day:
Intermittent fasting naturally lines up your eating habits with your internal clock to support these processes. And ultimately, this can reduce your risk for diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, and more.
Intermittent fasting is perfect for battling back against the diet-sabotaging landmines that are everywhere you look during Metabolic Mayhem season. Because, unlike most other diets, it has a good deal of forgiveness built right in.
If you slip up on your commitment to eating healthier and indulge in some holiday treats from time to time, it won’t hurt as much. As long as you still shut down all noshing after your eating window closes, your body still has time to bounce back.
For more on making intermittent fasting work for you, see my earlier report, Flip your ‘metabolic switch’ and BURN FAT faster.
And don’t forget to have a chat with your doctor before you try fasting to be sure the diet is the right choice for you.