Saturday, June 24, 2017

What is Intermittent Fasting



For many dieters, the idea of fasting is tempting, but the thought of going days without food is too overwhelming. No one wants to suffer the loss of energy that comes with going on a fast – even if it does eventually make you feel better in the long run.  Intermittent Fasting is gaining ground as one of the most popular ways to lose weight, gain health and live longer right now. But this isn’t a fad that’s new – this is something people have done for many years. 

What Is Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent fasting is when you develop an eating pattern throughout your day. For part of the time, you’re living on water, coffee or tea. The other time, you’re eating healthy, nutritious foods. Some serious fasters count all calories as off-limits, so that would mean you exist on water only – no coffee, tea or other low calorie drinks. It’s up to you how you want to incorporate it into your world.

There are also variations of the fasting where you rotate hours or days where calories aren’t forbidden, but limited – versus how they’re unrestricted on the days when you’re not fasting.
For example, on a “fasting” day, you might restrict your caloric intake by an extreme amount, eating just 500 calories a day, whereas on a non-fasting day, you eat 2,500.

There are different ways to adhere to an intermittent fasting routine. Some people fast for 8 hours and then eat regularly for 16 hours. Others alternate days – one day fasting, one day not.
You can do it any way you like – 10 hours of fasting and 14 hours of eating. Whatever you feel comfortable with. You can start out easy and then increase the hours you spend fasting until you get the hang of it and know how your body will react.  Some dieters count the sleep phase as part of the fasting period, so that you either go to bed while fasting or wake up fasting, eating your calories during the main working hours.
Here is a great video to help you get started on your weight loss journey using Intermittent Fasting.

I started my weight loss journey on April 22, 2017 using Intermittent Fasting and High Intensive Training. I did 16 hours of fasting and 8 hours of eating. I did not eat over 1800 calories a day and I drunk 3 liters of water a day. Here are my results:  




What Are the Benefits to Intermittent Fasting?
Aside from the weight loss benefits, because you’re ultimately restricting a certain number of calories, you also gain other benefits when adopting an intermittent fasting regimen.
Your body learns how to better use the calories and nutrition that you give it when you start fasting periodically on a schedule. It regulates your fat storage and insulin usage correctly. 

You’ll enjoy fasting if you’re busy and always on the go because every dieter knows how hard it is to shop for, prepare and cook healthy foods – and fasting eliminates that portion of your day.
It can also save you money! Fasting cuts your grocery bill because you’re consuming less food. Dieters typically spend much more because they’re suddenly buying fresh fruits and vegetables and lean cuts of meat rather than cheap, processed foods. 

Some researchers say that intermittent fasting promotes HGH – Human Growth Hormone – production. This helps stave off the aging process and allows you to live longer and healthier. 

Your cellular repair will be heightened and fat will burn at a rate you haven’t seen before. Even your heart will function better because fasting like this provides cardiovascular benefits. Some studies are showing that it helps delay or improve symptoms of Alzheimer’s too – apparently aiding in the brain’s capacity to store and retrieve memories. 

Fasting is different for everyone. Some are using it as a form of spiritual awakening. Others use it for weight loss or better health. Regardless of your goals, make sure that you fast according to what you can handle and enjoy because if it becomes tedious, it ruins the process and can do more damage putting stress on you than benefits. Check out this resource guide:

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Zoey-Red LeFey is a Health and Wellness Consultant|Natural Healer|Usui Reiki Master pursuing her Masters in Small and Medium Enterprise Management and her Ph.D. in Natural Medicine. She is helping her daughter recover from Autism. She is also the owner of  Discover Caribbean Wellness and she writes about her daughter's recovery from Autism at Three Steps to Morning. Her purpose is to help you achieve your highest potential, be your best self, and live your best life!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Why Isn’t My Diet Working?



If you find your diet isn’t working, or after dieting, you gain weight more quickly than before, there is a sound medical reason for that.
Diets slow down fat-burning
If you starve your body of food, it will switch to survival mode and your metabolism will stop burning off fat and store as much fat as possible! 
And when you return to a regular, healthy diet, this survival mode will have re-configured your body to make and store more fat than before.
Eating less is not the answer
This is how human bodies have evolved to live through periods of famine and to stay prepared for food shortages in the future.  
Low calorie diets change your metabolism and lead to yo-yo weight problems, which inevitably lead to dieters gaining more weight and being heavier than when they first started dieting!
Latest obesity-treatment research 
In the medical world, the focus is now on the proven natural fat-burning and appetite suppressing properties found in the four teas made from the Camellia Sinensis plant.
Many scientific studies aimed at halting the obesity epidemic have proved that the unique catechins only found in Green, White, Pu-erh and Oolong teas are the key to losing weight safely, quickly and permanently! 
Not only thermogenic . . .
You may be familiar with the thermogenic, or increased fat-burning, properties that green teas produce by speeding up the metabolism in a safe and natural process, without you needing to reduce your normal diet.
However, there are many more fat-fighting benefits available from the big-four obesity blocking teas.  The elevated levels of catechins in unfermented and partially fermented teas completely change the way the body deals with fats.  
. . . Catechins change how the body deals with fat 
Catechins seem to have been tailor-made to find, break-down and flush away excess fat in any part of the body.  Furthermore, they pro-actively stop the body from absorbing or storing excess fat in any way, shape or form after you’ve slimmed down to your healthy weight!
 Each of the four obesity-blockers is thermogenic and has an extra benefit:
·         Pu–erh tea – drains excess fatty fluids and stops overeating by keeping stomach feeling full longer after meals
·         Oolong tea – a natural appetite suppressant that prevents hunger pangs and stops snacking
·         White tea – actively breaks down existing stores of excess fat and restricts the formation of new fat cells!
Living-proof
People in the regions of China where Green, White, Oolong and Pu-erh tea are grown, who drink these teas every day, are the living and long-term proof of their safe and natural weight-loss properties. 
It was the evidence of low cholesterol, low blood fats and absence of obesity- related illnesses in the Chinese tea-producing regions that first led science to focus on identifying the active anti-fat substance in the local teas.
Speed-up weight loss with a synergetic blend
If you drink a natural, synergetic blend of these four weight-blocking green teas you can speed-up weight loss and boost their action by ten-fold! 
The Synergy Effect is a scientifically recognized process, and allows the four teas to support and interact with each other to bring you a comprehensive anti-fat action that will ensure you reach – and maintain – a healthy weight for the rest of your life!
Speedy, safe and natural, this is the 21st Century method of getting slim and staying slim, that’s as simple as . . . well, drinking a refreshing cup of tea!
Kou tea is a synergetic blend of the finest Green, White, Pu-erh and Oolong tea which has a delightfully aromatic fragrance and a light, fresh taste with lingering notes of honey.




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 I hope that you have enjoyed reading Why Isn't My Diet Working and would love to hear your opinion/questions about it. So, please chime in and leave a comment below. If you found this article to be helpful, please share, comment, and follow!



Zoey-Red LeFey is a Health and Wellness Consultant|Natural Healer|Usui Reiki Master pursuing her Masters in Small and Medium Enterprise Management and her Ph.D. in Natural Medicine. She is helping her daughter recover from Autism. She is also the owner of  Discover Caribbean Wellness and she writes about her daughter's recovery from Autism at Three Steps to Morning. Her purpose is to help you achieve your highest potential, be your best self, and live your best life!