Cynthia Thurlow

Cynthia Thurlow: Optimizing Intermittent Fasting for Women [EP 16]

Show Notes:

Description: Melissa interviews intermittent fasting and nutrition expert, Cynthia Thurlow. Cynthia is a nurse practitioner, a two time Tedx Speaker, a podcast host, and author of the book “Intermittent Fasting Transformation”. In this episode they discuss how women can optimize intermittent fasting according to their lifestyle, physiology and chronobiology.

In this episode you’ll learn:

Fasting for Physiology
12:21 Intermittent Fasting and Weight Loss
18:00 Hormones are Chemical Messengers
26:16 Optimal Times for Fasting
39:43 The Three Phases of The IF 45 Plan

Fasting for Physiology

Though Cynthia is extremely educated when it comes to health, she hit a wall in perimenopause, until she came across intermittent fasting. As she learned about it, it organically became part of her practice. Cynthia explains how the idea that women should not fast is a disservice to metabolic health and she explains the importance of fasting for physiology. 

Intermittent Fasting and Weight Loss

Most people are interested in the concept of intermittent fasting for the purpose of weight loss. Cynthia provides several tips for how to use intermittent fasting for weight loss. Some of her tips for transitioning to this pattern of eating are to eat less often and to consume high quality food. Quality of sleep and lifting weights are also important.

Hormones are Chemical Messengers

Cynthia discusses hormones and how they relate to feeling younger, feeling full of energy and staying at a healthy weight. She explains the purposes of several common hormones and how to balance them. Intermittent fasting can help regulate and better balance almost all of these hormones, including the sex hormones.

Optimal Times for Fasting

Cynthia believes in chronobiology, meaning that the time of day that we eat matters, and that can vary from person to person. She talks about the ideal fasting habits for women depending on age, menstrual cycle and weight. We need to honor our physiology and chronobiology for the best results. Cynthia also discusses tuning into hunger cues when it comes to deciding the frequency of meals.

The Three Phases of The IF 45 Plan

This plan is designed to help people adopt intermittent fasting as a lifestyle. The first phase focuses on preparing yourself for this lifestyle change. The second phase is to stop snacking. The third phase is about learning about macros, meaning understanding protein, carbs and fats.

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