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Melissa McAllister: The Benefits of Intermittent Fasting [EP 11]

Show Notes:

Description: In this episode, Melissa highlights new research that supports the benefits of intermittent fasting. She encourages listeners to think about the benefits when considering giving intermittent fasting a try.

In this episode you’ll learn:

Feisty Raccoons
04:38 Now Let’s Talk About Intermittent Fasting
10:09 Intermittent Fasting is Healthy Like Exercise
14:45 Give It a Try
17:45 It’s Fasting, But It Doesn’t Feel Restrictive

Feisty Raccoons

Melissa opens the episode by sharing the story behind the scratches on her face as she feels people watching the podcast video might wonder about it. She and her husband care for raccoons and bobcats as part of an animal rescue program. Melissa loves the animals and they never mean to hurt her.

Now Let’s Talk About Intermittent Fasting

Research has found intermittent fasting to have the following benefits: accelerated weight-loss, reduced inflammation and lower cholesterol. It can also help with blood sugar stabilization and prevent or reverse type two diabetes. Additional research has also found that it can help create a healthier brain, a longer life, and aid cancer treatment. Melissa shares studies on intermittent fasting and its impacts on aging and the brain.

Intermittent Fasting is Healthy Like Exercise

Exercise is so healthy for our quality of life because it stresses the body in a healthy way. The more you mildly stress something, the more adaptive it becomes, and it shows that intermittent fasting is so helpful for the brain in this way. Melissa discusses opposing views on intermittent fasting, wishing there had been more research involved before making those statements.

Give It a Try

Melissa believes that intermittent fasting can benefit pretty much any healthy person, though there are some exceptions. For example, if you are growing, pregnant or trying to get pregnant. She encourages parents to help kids question their motivations behind eating and to be their own advocate for a healthy eating style. Always check with your doctor before giving it a try.

It’s Fasting, But It Doesn’t Feel Restrictive

Intermittent fasting doesn’t feel restrictive to Melissa. It’s just shortening the window, not eating whenever and all day long. Experts already recommend waiting at least an hour to eat after you wake up, so why not try two or three. Or even try a fasted workout. It may feel difficult at first, but it is so beneficial.

Resources from this episode:

Learn More about the Impact of Intermittent Fasting on Health and Disease Here

Learn More about Fasting: Molecular Mechanisms and Clinical Applications Here

Melissa’s Recommendations and Affiliation links Here

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Find out more about Melissa Here

Get The M.A.D.E. Diet Ebook  Here

Thank you so much for listening to this episode! I’m honored and excited to be on this journey toward personal growth, a healthy lifestyle, and a greater more confident you. I’d love to hear from you. So please share this episode with anyone that you think needs to hear this message and remember to rate review and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. My name is Melissa McAllister. And until next time, thank you for being your own health advocate.