Intermittent Fasting Dos and Don'ts

If you’re investing time, effort, and money in a healthier you, then you may be wondering if intermittent fasting would be beneficial in helping you achieve your wellness goals. You may also be wondering if you can include desserts in your diet while intermittent fasting, and the answer is YES! Including desserts low in sugar in your eating window is perfectly acceptable and can make fasting more sustainable for you since you won’t be restricting yourself from enjoying healthy, satisfying desserts such as Good & Tasty Bakes cheesecakes.

When intermittent fasting, you eat in a shortened window. An example would be eating meals from noon to 8p and fasting the rest of the 24 hour period. Intermittent fasting has many health benefits including speeding up the metabolism, weight loss, removing cellular waste (autophagy), and increased lifespan. Although we have all heard that skipping meals can put your body into starvation mode, intermittent fasting actually gives your body time to reset after your last meal. This stabilizes your glucose levels and allows your insulin levels to drop. It also works well with the ketogenic lifestyle.

However, if you are a woman in her childbearing years, you should stick to a shorter fasting window and always consult your doctor before starting a new plan. While there isn’t a lot of research, a study on alternate day fasting with mice showed that after 3 months, female mice had lower blood sugar and body weight, but they also had reduced FSH (follicular stimulating hormone) and LH (luteinizing hormone) levels along with reduced ovary size.

So how can you set yourself up for a successful intermittent fast? Have a plan! Make sure you have your meals planned out and you have all of the foods on hand that you need. And of course don’t forget to order your Good & Tasty Bakes!