Intermittent Fasting: Fad Diet or Effective Weight Loss Method?
Every few months a new fad diet pops up that promises an incredibly easy and effective way to shed those unwanted extra pounds, fast. While most of these types of diets shock your body into losing weight quickly (usually due to the high caloric deficit caused by eliminating whole food groups) they often deprive you of much-needed nutrients and of your sanity as well. The end result is that most people will yo-yo back to their previous weight once the restricted food groups are reintroduced back into the diet.
Sunny’s Take on the Situation: What’s the Deal?
At PostivelySTRONG Health Solutions, we don’t believe in fad diets. Eliminating whole food groups is frowned upon unless you have a food intolerance or history of food allergies. It should also be noted that calorie restriction is not seen as the only way to lose weight. In fact, most clients are quite surprised to see that eating a varied and colorful diet without eliminating whole food groups is the norm. This includes dairy, bread, and even (gasp!) sugar.
However, there are certain methods to nutrient timing that have scientific backing, and some forms of calorie restriction are necessary for weight loss. One such method is Intermittent Fasting (IF), which is a diet that I sometimes recommend to my clients.
IF is an eating pattern where you either:
- A) eat how you would normally eat for 5-days out of the week while vastly restricting calories for two nonconsecutive days out of the week.
- B) you only eat all of your daily required calories in two to three meals in an 8 to 10-hour window and fast the rest of the time (usually fasting while sleeping and in the morning).
Here’s why IF is a trend I can get behind:
IF can help you lose weight while encouraging your body to burn stored fat as energy to fuel your body. Benefits include cranking up your metabolism and balancing of hormones. This is accomplished through a reduction in your caloric intake and nutrient timing to get your hormones to fire correctly (i.e. decreased insulin resistance + increase in growth hormones = an increase in the fat-burning hormone Leptin). IF has also been credited with improving heart health.
Here’s how IF can turn on you:
IF can’t fight the good fight against junk food. So don’t expect to lose weight if you are eating everything in sight in those eating windows. Also, it’s definitely not a diet for everyone. There are reports of women experiencing changes in their menstrual cycle after starting IF. Also, individuals with chronic illnesses, advanced diabetes, or prone to eating disorders, I encourage you to explore other lifestyle and nutrition changes that may better suit your individual needs.
Client Spotlight: Kendra J
Sunny’s Client Kendra is a travel expert who has been working with PositivelySTRONG health solutions for the past 4 years. Her contagious smile and warm personality make her a delight to work with. Her strong self-drive and consistent work ethic make her the dream client. We recently caught up with Kendra and asked her a series of questions to better understand how she enjoys working with Sunny at PositivelySTRONG Health.
Hi Kendra, can you describe your health and fitness regimen before you started with PositivelySTRONG Health?
Before I started working out with Sunny, I was a person that focused a lot on cardio and how much I weighed. I would go through spurts where I was doing kickboxing, running on a treadmill, anything cardio-focused. Which is funny because I really hate cardio—and probably why after a few months I would be over it.
I would also lift light weights with the fear of gaining too much muscle and didn’t go into the gym with a set workout so I would often wander around with no direction or what body part I should be focusing on. Eating-wise, I would go through periods where I would eat low-carb salads with protein to quickly lose weight, and then politely gain it back once I hit my target size.
What problem(s) were you trying to solve by signing up with PositivelySTRONG Health?
I wanted to figure out a long-term solution to what I should be feeding my body and how I could incorporate working out consistently and with purpose.
What made you happiest about working with PositivelySTRONG?
Uh. Everything? I love that you challenge me with each new workout (or try to kill me. However you want to see it). Most trainers get weird and don’t acknowledge any disability and your workouts are mindful of my limits but also incorporate moves that will strengthen my arm. Also love that you know life happens and you don’t expect me to eat celery on my birthday, your 80/20 rule is the bee’s knees, and I love how your page gives me more ideas on how to switch up meal prep.
What have you been able to achieve since using our services?
Definitely a lot stronger and I love lifting now! I’m also mindful of what I’m putting in my body and I feel that I figured out what foods make my body happy. You made me rethink my relationship with food.
What has exceeded your expectations since working with Sunny?
Everything! You have been such a joy to work with. You don’t judge my heart if I disappear, but you also call me on my sh*t in a loving encouraging manner (don’t know how else to describe that lol).
What’s the main reason you recommend PositivelySTRONG Health?
Sunny is a thoughtful trainer that encourages her clients to push their bodies, don’t judge their own progress, and make taking care of yourself a priority and a mandatory thing.
What would you tell someone who’s considering working with PositivelySTRONG and/or Sunny?
To be prepared to be changed. You are going to be pushed/warmly shoved out of your comfort zone but it’s definitely worth it!
Thank you Kendra, we definitely appreciate your feedback and enjoy guiding you on your health and fitness journey!
Two Best Shoulder Boulder Workouts To Try Today
For maximum strength, body symmetry, and proper posture, look no further than these two shoulder workouts demonstrated in this video:
- Shoulder Press
- Arnold Press
The last PositivelySTRONG workshop event of the year is on Dec 1st. Hope to see you there!
Join Sunny on Sunday, December 1st for “Parent’s Turn: Healthy Holiday Eating Tips, Tricks, and Strategies”
This special session for parents and kiddos in tow (children under 5 welcome) will discuss healthy food alternatives and different ways to manage the excess and stress of parenting during the holidays.
Date: Sunday, December 1st
Location: Arlington Heights Memorial Library
Time: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM