Expert Advice Before Your First Time Intermittent Fasting

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In This Episode

Social media is currently being flooded with memes and jokes about ‘quarantine bodies’, as more and more of us are settling into more lax routines and eating through the stress, anxiety, and all of our other emotions. Many of us are enjoying more snacks and alcohol than normal, and are spending more time on the couch binge-watching movies and T.V. series – this is not the ideal way to handle the situation at hand but not abnormal either in these unprecedented times.

However, while we might have fallen into bad habits – it doesn’t we should stay there. It is important to try and keep to a routine in regards to health and fitness. Keeping yourself on track with your health is a great way to make sure that you’re feeling good, keep the best immune system possible and on top of your game during these trying times.

One of the most popular health techniques right now in regards to diet is intermittent fasting. If you’re on social media at all, you’re bound to have seen influencers talking about it. But what is it exactly, and how can you get started with it? That’s what our expert for this episode joined us to share his wisdom on.

The Guest Expert 

In this episode, we were joined by Ben Azadi who is a genius when it comes to health and well-being. Ever since he went through an immense personal transformation of shedding 80 pounds of fat, he’s been on a mission to help 1 billion people live a healthier lifestyle.

Ben is the founder of Keto Kamp, and the author of three best-selling books; The Perfect Health Booklet, The Intermittent Fasting Cheat Sheet and The Power Of Sleep.

When it comes to health, longevity and fat loss, Ben is an ideal source of information. He is known as ‘The Health Detective’, because he investigates dysfunction. He aims to educate, not medicate, in order to bring back the body to its original function and state.

In addition to his incredible work in the health world, Ben is also a devoted entrepreneur who is passionate about personal growth and development. He got into intermittent fasting back in 2013, and is the perfect person to speak to about this topic.

What You Need To Know About Intermittent Fasting For The First Time

To start off with, Ben described the stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding intermittent fasting, and noted that it’s not so much about what a person does, but rather what a person doesn’t do, eat. He defined intermittent fasting as a lifestyle where a person has a window of time where they are allowed to eat food, and a window of time where they do not eat at all. 

Getting Started with Intermittent Fasting

For beginners, Ben suggested a 3 hour fast before bedtime. For example, if you go to bed at 11, then stop eating anything after 8. Water and tea are allowed, but nothing else. In the morning, breakfast should be 3 hours after waking up. This is a 15 hour fast, which is a great and doable way to get started..

Ben noted it’s very important for people to only do what they can do. If you can only do 12 hours, for example, that’s absolutely fine. It’s important to only do what your body is comfortable with, especially if you’re only starting off and extending your fast from there.

Water and sea salt are the two main things Ben encouraged people to have during their fast. Coffee, tea and healthy fats (like coconut oil) can be used as well, but this is not part of a traditional fast. Things like sugary fruit juices and smoothies do not count, despite popular misconceptions that juices can be healthy.

Many people are worried about the pain or suffering aspect of fasting, so Ben recommended preparing your body to burn fat before fasting. For example, try cutting your carbohydrates to about 100grams and increasing healthy fats and proteins 2-3 weeks before your fast. This will help you to fast more comfortably in the long run because you will have started to train your body to burn fat instead of carbs.

Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

In terms of the benefits of intermittent fasting, Ben noted they include fat loss, higher energy levels and increased concentration. When the body is not given food, it will break down fat and increase the body’s concentration levels as it will believe it is in a famish. Intermittent fasting can also help to clear out the body and rejuvenate cells.

Intermittent fasting is a great way to regulate blood sugar, if you do it mindfully. It can even be positive for people with diabetes, but it does require testing to prevent somebody’s blood sugar from dropping too low. Ben actually recommends that everyone tests their blood sugar while fasting.

Other Dos and Don’ts

Calorie deficiencies are not always positive when it comes to fasting. It’s vital to always eat at least one meal a day, to show the body that it is not starving. Doing this can help to boost a person’s metabolism, and help to keep them on track. 

Exercising during an intermittent fast is highly recommended, as it can help to burn even more fat. However, Ben would not recommend exercise for somebody that is fasting for over 36 hours. 

“Side Effects” of Intermittent Fasting

Getting cold during fasting is very normal, and could be considered a “side effect” – especially if you’re new to fasting. Eating can raise your body temperature, so fasting does not produce this effect. It can also be due to the body preserving vital organs and regulating itself. 

Ben suggested bundling up, staying active, and drinking hot, caffeinated drinks to help with feeling cold. Consuming foods with vitamin B1, and other items like salmon and asparagus can also be very handy as well.

Something great that Ben pointed out is that there’s no such thing as a failed fast. Even if you go for 16 hours and you only get to 12 hours, it’s still been beneficial. Don’t beat yourself up for not hitting your goal, celebrate your progress, and turn it into a positive thing.

Overall, intermittent fasting can be incredibly beneficial. It’s a great way to improve focus and energy levels, drop fat and improve your immune system. If you’re thinking about doing this, make sure to do it mindfully and use resources like Ben’s Keto Kamp podcast to help out.

Get In Touch With Ben

This episode was an intriguing one to record, and we’re grateful to have learned from Ben’s experiences. If you’d like to get in touch with Ben to find out more about his work, his social media links are as follows;

If you’re looking to find more about Ben and his work, we’re sure he would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.

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What’s Coming Up Next Time?

New episodes of Expert Advice Before Your First Time are released every Thursday, and we’ve got a wonderful roster of guests lined up to give you more expert advice. 

In our next episode on the 7th of May, we’ll be speaking to Susan Winter about dating younger men for the first time. After that on the 14th, we’ll be chatting with Lauren Gibbs about what you need to know before bobsledding for the first time. You can listen and subscribe on Apple, Google, or Spotify. While you’re there – please leave a review if you can. It really does help us with our work, and every single review is appreciated.

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