Intermittent fasting is one of the hottest topics in the health and fitness industry at the moment and there’s no doubts that it’s an interesting topic.
It’s not a diet that dictates what you eat, but rather it dictates when you eat – which leaves you in a window of time where you stop consuming calories. Now when food is consumed, our body releases insulin to assist converting glucose from food into energy. However, if that energy isn’t used immediately, it is stored in fat cells. However, when a person goes for a short window of time without food, insulin isn’t released. Then, the body breaks down those fat stores for energy – which when accompanied with a caloric deficit leads to weight loss.
Research shows that IF (Intermittent Fasting) can assist weight loss, stabilise blood sugar, improve memory and stress resistance, reduce inflammation, and promote a longer lifestyle – and even though it’s completely a personal preference, SBN finds that it goes hand-in-hand with our weight-loss programs.
Other than affecting when insulin is released in the body, one major benefit we found with IF is the fact that it makes our programs feel even easier than they already are. If you’re interested in IF, we encourage the 16:8 fast – whereby you fast for 16 hours and have an eating window of 8 hours. This approach best suits our existing programs as opposed to more extreme forms of IF such as 5:2 (eat food for 5 days, eat nothing for 2).
The way the 16/8 fast/eat window makes our program just that much easier, is because you feel less hungry. How? Well by shortening the window of time in which you have to consume your daily calories, you will literally feel fuller! Because rather than having 5 hours or so in between each meal, you’re shortening the time to only 2 or 3 hours. This feeling of consistently eating will make you feel fuller – which will help you to stick to your caloric intake as you are less likely to feel as though you are depriving your body.
Additionally, IF is a great tool to utilise after our programs and after you roll out of a deficit. Reason being; if you are used to eating over your daily caloric needs (AKA you eat more than you burn) – you may find that restricting your eating window will help you stay on track and maintain your weight after your fat loss.
Additionally, because you feel satiated more often whilst in your eating window, it will help you to appreciate the taste of your food and learn to appreciate what you are eating. SBN’s new cookbook has some incredible recipes to ensure that you enjoy your day of eating to the maximum. A crowd favourite amongst our ladies are the Prawn & Zucchini noodles! Click here to purchase your cookbook and find delicious recipes that are SBN Approved!
The truth is, eating this way sure has its benefits – but it is entirely a personal preference! We suggest utilising it to try something new and see how you like it, and as a method and tool to assist in achieving your goals. Overall you are in control of what you eat and how, but we can sure vouch for IF in being an incredible way to help you along!
With love, SBN xx
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