Breaking down intermittent fasting – Daily Times

Breaking down intermittent fasting – Daily Times

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What do Vanessa Hudgens, Halle Berry and Kourtney Kardashian all have in common? They’re fast…ing.

Hudgens, Berry, Kardashian and other celebrities, including Jenna Jameson and Hugh Jackman, have all recently highlighted intermittent fasting into their diet and exercise routines, opening up about the benefits of one of the wellness industry’s latest trends in interviews.

“I normally eat two meals a day,” Berry revealed to her followers on Instagram. “I normally skip breakfast and I sort of fast and I do my green drink or I do my bullet coffee.” Hudgens, meanwhile, told People she usually only eats between noon and 6 p.m., crediting intermittent fasting for helping to curb her carb cravings.

And Jameson credited the eating method for helping her to lose 80 lbs. after welcoming her daughter in April 2017, captioning an Instagram photo of her scale with “Excuse my French. But wow. I can now vouch for #intermittentfasting.”

So why are so many stars turning to intermittent fasting? “It’s popular because it works!” celebrity nutritionist Kelly LeVeque told E! News of IF, going on to detail the benefits of the popular method everyone seems to be talking about lately.

“Intermittent fasting supports metabolic markers,” the Body Love author explained, “it lowers glucose, insulin, triglycerides and increases insulin sensitivity. Fasting increased in popularity because the research supports it and the community setting showed positive results.” The gist of IF? Fasting for anywhere from 16-18 hours daily, only consuming water, coffee and/or tea within the fasting period. The window and timing of meals is subjective, with LeVeque advising finding what works for you rather than what you may have heard someone else do. “Don’t just wait to eat until 2 p.m. because that’s what you’ve been told is the way to fast. The benefits are seen with many different plans so it’s best to find what works best for you.”

And that includes when you schedule your workouts, with studies showing the benefits of fasted training, something Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have previously incorporated into their lifestyle routines.

The key is what you are eating after that fasted workout, ensuring maximum fat burn by assembling a breakfast that includes protein, fiber, greens and a healthy fat. LeVeque recommends one of her famed Fab 4 Smoothies, a go-to for clients such as Jennifer Garner, Molly Sims and Jessica Alba, or scrambled eggs with spinach and avocado, breaking your fast around 10 a.m. Then eat one or two more meals by 6 p.m.

Hudgens is a fan of fasted workouts, telling People, “I feel more grounded and powerful in my workouts…and I get the nutrients that I need when I eat, but then I also eat what I want.” Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews takes his fasted training to the next level, starting his day at 4:45 a.m., working out at 6 a.m. and not eating until 2 p.m., telling Vanity Fair he drinks four to five bottles of water with amino acids in that time period.

Hugh Jackman, who often has to lose and gain weight and/or muscles for roles, told Men’s Journal he feels “so much better” when he is intermittent fasting, using the plan laid out in The 8-Hour Diet by David Zinzcenko.

“I haven’t put on nearly the amount of fat I normally would,” he said. “And the great thing about this diet is I sleep so much better.”

If you want to give IF a try, LeVeque suggests starting with “a couple days of the week to delay breakfast or even better finish dinner earlier,” and notes intermittent fasting is ideal for the day after a food-filled holiday, like Thanksgiving or Christmas. So no, that 6-8 hour window of eating doesn’t mean eating whatever you want without a care about the nutrients in your food, and just reaching for that free donut in the office kitchen to break your fast will actually negate the impact of the fasting period.

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