Intermittent Fasting for PCOS
Intermittent fasting is quickly rising in popularity. But, does it live up to the hype?
Today let's talk about intermittent fasting for PCOS and answer your burning questions about whether you should consider doing it. This is the dirt you need to know.
What is Intermittent Fasting?
There is a lot of conflicting information out there and that’s because there are many different types of intermittent fasting (modified fasting, religious fasting, and time-restricted).
Here is a simplified definition:
Intermittent fasting (IF) is when you go a period of time without eating. Basically, you are giving your digestive system a rest.
The amount of time that you fast is variable.
What type is best for PCOS?
Some of the different methods of intermittent fasting can be dangerous for women with PCOS.
There is a difference between putting your body into starvation mode and a healthy fat burning mode.
So, I only recommend doing the time-restricted intermittent fasting.
The best diet is one that is maintainable, otherwise the pounds will just creep back.
The benefits of IF for PCOS
There are quite a few benefits that help with PCOS symptoms including:
· Reduces inflammation
· Allows the body to rest, heal, and repair
· Aids in stabilizing blood sugar levels
· Promotes lose weight-your body will start to burn fat while sleeping
· Assists cell regeneration
· Regulates your circadian rhythm
How you should incorporate it into your routine?
As previously mentioned, I believe time-restricted intermittent fasting can benefit women with PCOS.
So, here’s what I recommend, and it should be fairly easy to incorporate into your daily routine.
It is essential to give your digestion system a rest for a minimum of twelve hours. The simplest way to do this is while you are sleeping. I suggest fasting for 12-14 hours overnight.
Here is an example of how I use it. I eat dinner at 6 PM and once I am done with that I have only water until breakfast the next day.
Most of that time I am sleeping so there is no need to be eating anyways.
When I wake up, I am focused on getting my son dressed and fed so by the time I get to eat breakfast the next day it is between 8 and 9 AM. Depending on the day I might fast for 14 to 15 hours.
I do think it is crucial to then start your day with a smart breakfast that is filled with protein and healthy fats. You will need the energy.
Avoid a breakfast high in carbs that will spike your blood sugars. A consistent plan of eating helps with managing blood sugar levels.
Try it out and see how it works for you. If you are someone that likes to snack at night, this will definitely help you cut some empty calories.