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Mini-Fasting to Lose Holiday Bloat
Written by Dr. Kellyann Petrucci
Was there something other then your Thanksgiving Day turkey that was overstuffed this holiday season? Was it you? Want to lose that bloat?
During my many years in the health field, I discovered often times successful weight-loss and weight-management results from what you don’t do, rather then what you do do.
And that is also the case with mini-fasting.
Don’t freak. I’m not talking about starvation — not even close. I’m talking about a strategy that can bring flexibility and ease to losing the holiday bloat, burning off body fat, increasing muscle mass, balancing your blood-sugar levels and increasing your growth hormone. Bottom line: You’ll lose bloat almost immediately, look younger and feel a ton better.
If you’ve gone off the rails and you want to reel it back in, this non-extensive strategy is for you.
The Mini-Fasting Lowdown
Mini-fasting restricts the amount of time you’re allowed to eat in a day. This is a unique plan because it’s shorter lived than regular fasting (goes 12 to 20 hours) with more frequent periods of fasting, practiced a few times per week. You simply compress eating into an eight-hour “eating window.”
Most people who practice mini-fasting report that 16 hours of fasting feels just right — you get hungry, but not too hungry.
Here’s how it works: Let’s say you can be most comfortable with beginning your first meal of the day at somewhere between noon and 2 p.m. If that works for you, then you get to eat from noon until 8 p.m.
Here are the four most popular eight-hour “eating window” schedules:
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Noon – 8 p.m. (my personal favorite)
1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
But you can’t just eat any ol’ thing during that time period. The foods you consume during your “eating window” have a major impact on whether your mini-fasting plan will work.
Check out my Smart Pyramid on proteins, carbohydrates, healthy fats and “Yes” pantry foods you can and should eat during your “eating window.”
Sometimes the simplest tweaks can yield the biggest results. Mini-fasting allows you to:
Lose your bloat in 24 hours
Boost your immunity
Enjoy a less expensive and more convenient lifestyle
Develop a leaner, harder physique
Create vibrant health
If you want a more sustainable and reasonable approach to being healthier, leaner and more energetic, check out mini-fasting. It can give you the edge you’re after — and help you lose your Tday “stuffing!”
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