I’m Abbotsford Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach Victoria Jane, and here’s what you need to know about Intermittent Fasting, or IF for short.
When my Abbotsford nutrition and fitness clients come to me for nutrition advice, often it’s when they are not in a mentally nor emotionally good place with food. The culprit is typically yo-yo dieting, which is failed attempts at dieting that initially showed successful weight loss, but resulted in everything gained back (and often more).
This is not an ideal way to eat, or to live.
Yo-yo dieting wreaks havoc on us not just physically, but emotionally. We feel like failure and cast blame on food in general. Food then takes on a negative role, often being placed into two categories: healthy food = weight loss, bad food = weight gain. This is not a good place to be mentally, and can sabotage the success of your fitness, strength, or weight loss plan.
Most of my clients are never shown how to balance food, so when they restrict anything considered ‘bad’ food and have the proverbial “cheat” meal, it triggers a cycle of bingeing and guilt.
One cheat meal becomes frequent cheat meals, which is due to one common train of thought: “I’m off the train, and clearly can’t get back on it, so why bother?” The result is a negative relationship with food and with self, and an increase in weight. Back to square one, with even more work cut out for them than they started with.
I want better than this for my clients, and in my Abbotsford nutrition and personal training practice, I strive to help them create life-long habits that keep them happy AND healthy.
So, we clearly need to get out of that negative cycle I mentioned- and the ideal way to do that is to change our relationship with food.
Once we stop demonizing food, we can stop guilt-restricting and bingeing. When we start thinking “I am in this for optimal health, not weight loss”, the real magic happens. And that includes weight loss as a natural, positive side effect!
We’ve already talked about one possible eating plan , the ketogenic diet, on the blog. Another valuable and viable option when we talk about optimal health is something called intermittent fasting (IF). IF is one of those things that sounds intimidating at first, but in actual practice when it is done properly provides a multitude of health benefits, with weight loss being one of them.
Benefits of intermittent fasting may* include:
- Improvement of blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- Stabilization of sugar levels
- Reduction of inflammation
- Cellular repair
- Cancer prevention
- Increase in brain health
- Weight loss
- Extension of lifespan
That sounds pretty fantastic, right?! There are so many potential benefits to Intermittent Fasting, but you need to make sure you understand the concept and can try it it safely before you get going.
Before you get started, it is so important to understand that Intermittent Fasting is not starvation.
Our bodies are intelligent, survival-first machines, and if your body thinks you are starving it, it will go into storage mode and hold onto fat. When we fast, we need to make sure we consume enough calories from nourishing sources. We HAVE to make sure we eat when the time to do so hits. It might sound bizarre, using eating as the key to fasting, but stick with me here!
Intermittent fasting is about being intentional and well-timed with when you choose to eat, and making it count.
It helps us curb excess snacking and gives our bodies time to acclimate to a reliable routine of eating. Having breaks between eating is key to intuitive eating.
There are many methods when we talk about Intermittent Fasting, but the method I recommend to my local Abbotsford nutrition clients is this: for six days, eat your meals and snacks within an 8 hour window, fasting for the remaining 16 hours. On the seventh day, fast for the entire 24 hours.
This is the easiest to adapt, in my personal experience, but it is not the only method that works. Listening to your body is key for finding the right method that works best for you.
Remember, our goal is optimal health versus weight loss, which involves making changes in our lifestyle that are not what we are used to doing (that’s why you’re here!). It is crucial to listen to our bodies and make adjustments as needed that may not be the same as what someone else is doing for their own success. Each journey is different, and embracing that will help give us the optimal health we want. There are many, many roads to success- and your health journey is no different.
If you’re interested in becoming an Abbotsford nutrition client with Victoria Jane Fitness, I’d love to hear from you! You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-644-4027 to book a consult- you can also reach me through our Contact page.
*I am not a doctor, and cannot claim cancer prevention as a definitive result, but studies have shown this may be a potential positive associated with intermittent fasting. Check out these helpful links if you want to learn more about Intermittent Fasting!
Hi, I’m Victoria, Abbotsford personal trainer and nutrition coach!
After 11 years away from professional fitness, I returned to my roots to do what I love best- helping people achieve their personal health & fitness goals. I work out of my friendly gym in Abbotsford, BC and I am currently certified in Level 1 Kickboxing, Tabata Training, Bootcamp, HIIT, and CANFITPRO Fitness, sports nutrition, and Personal Training. Contact me today to get started!