Can skipping meals make you healthier?
Despite everything you’ve heard about “calories in, calories out,” the links between skipping meals and losing weight are tricky. If you find it nearly impossible to shed those extra pounds from your midsection, you’re not alone.
Whether or not we’d like to admit it, there’s a reason why fat sets up camp on our waistlines in the first place. The obvious triggers are dietary, like frequently consuming refined (white) sugars, which can be anything from white pasta, white bread, muffins, bagels, candy, pop, and alcohol. Skipping meals and not getting enough protein can also trigger fat storage, as well as exercising infrequently, or even too much.
The struggle is real – so, the purpose of this article is to outline the benefits of using a protein supplement, like Lorna Vanderhaeghe Protein Smart with CLA or a Lorna Vanderhaeghe BeautySmart Whey With Collagen to boost your intermittent fasting efforts.
Intermittent fasting, so – what’s all the hype anyway?
It seems that we are constantly bombarded with new dieting trends, eat this and not that, eat at this time, not at that time or don’t eat at all between certain hours of the day.
People fast for lots reasons; we fast because we’re trying to lose weight or we fast to improve medical conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes. The science and research behind intermittent fasting has built up slowly over the last while and seems to be rapidly increasing. With research showing that people who fast intermittently, experiencing reductions in weight and inflammation or improvement in insulin sensitivities. According to Nora George, Nutritionist at Yes Wellness; “Individuals who follow an intermittent fasting routine report feeling stronger, leaner and more “explosive” when working out – all while eating less and exercising less.”
Intermittent fasting, the just of it…
Let’s begin with Ketosis – Ketosis is a normal metabolic process. When the body does not have enough glucose for energy (from foods we eat), it burns stored fats instead; this results in a build-up of acids called ketones (a type of acid present in fat burning) within the body. In layman’s terms, this means that if the body does not have sufficient glucose (energy) from food then the next process is to burn fat for energy.
Intermittent fasting usually consists of an extended period of time, where you restrict eating for approximately 16 hours. As an example, you would eat between the hours of 1 pm and 8 pm and only consume water or Lorna Vanderhaeghe Protein Smart with CLA outside of those hours.
What are the benefits of intermittent fasting?
You’re probably looking for the benefits in summary:
Some of the benefits of intermittent fasting may include:
- Lowering of insulin levels
- Lowering of blood pressure
- Reduction of oxidative stress
- Reduction of inflammation
- Lowers cancer risk
- An increase of metabolism during the fast
- Increases burning of stubborn fat during the fast
- Increased insulin sensitivity
- Higher energy levels
What to expect from Lorna Vanderhaeghe Protein Smart?
- 20g of hormone-free, gluten-free, soy-free whey protein isolate
- an effective dose of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)
- Aids weight loss with no diet change
- Balances blood sugar
- Controls appetite
- Delicious natural chocolate and vanilla
For maximum weight loss, add two scoops of PROTEINsmart Women’s Whey with CLA to 500 mL of cold water when breaking your intermittent fast. Shake vigorously until thick and creamy. Two scoops provide 40 grams of protein and 5000 mg of CLA. When you solely have protein for breakfast, your fat-burning furnace is increased by 25 percent and it will stay that way for four hours or more.
CLA or Conjugated Linoleic Acid is a fatty acid that can be found in animal products like beef and dairy. It was initially discovered as an anti-cancer supplement but the list of benefits just continues to grow. CLA’s are said to reduce the risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure and decrease blood cholesterol levels. People who take CLA regularly also reduce their risk of developing breast, lung, colorectal, skin and stomach cancers. Combined with exercise and proper diet, CLA may improve your weight loss efforts and lower body fat levels. It may also increase your metabolic rate, helping your body burn fat more easily.
It must be noted that not everyone does well with fasting or supplementation. If you have diabetes or an impaired metabolism caused by a metabolic disorder, its best to refrain from fasting. Always check with your healthcare provider before starting a new diet regimen or before starting a new supplementation program.