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16-8 Intermittent Fasting For Seniors – A Closer Look

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For about 5 months now, I’ve been practicing a routine of 16-8 Intermittent Fasting. Our 2 grown children introduced my wife and I to fasting, explaining the tremendous health benefits associated with this practice.

Below, is a brief introduction and helpful guide to 16-8 Intermittent Fasting For Seniors from what I’ve learned from Medical professionals.

16/8 intermittent Fasting Guide – Is It Right For You

16-8 Intermittent Fasting For Seniors

As a retired senior and I’m sure for most of us in this category, we definitely become less active in our daily lives. Certainly now a days, compared to when we went off to work each and every day. It’s only natural for most of us at this stage of our lives to be less active.

Even golfing every day doesn’t take the place of a steady 9 to 5 work routine, where you naturally burn more calories during your work day.

So, unless you’re careful and cut down on your calorie intake, you are going to gain weight. Unfortunately, it’s not the type of weight you want to gain either. Visceral fat or Belly fat is typically what we see in aging adults, is very unhealthy and can lead to chronic disease.

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Fortunately, there are ways to combat excess weight gain as we age. Proper diet, daily exercise and being active are crucial. I’ve exercised and worked out daily for years, but even continuing to do this after retirement had led to weight gain.

What has changed for me in the last few months is 16/8 intermittent fasting.

Intermittent Fasting – The Latest Craze

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Fasting has been well documented and practiced for thousands of years. A number of religions and cultures around the world practice fasting as part of their religion and way of life.

The health benefits associated with fasting are remarkable and just beginning to surface in the western world.

16/8 intermittent fasting is one of the most popular ways to fast. Its claim to fame is that it’s easy to do. This is because for many hours while you are fasting, you’re actually sleeping. You fast for 16 hours and then eat for 8.

It’s that easy and the benefits can be amazing!

16/8 Intermittent Fasting Results – The Benefits

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When our kids suggested we try fasting, I decided to have a closer look. I google searched Intermittent Fasting and came up with a surprising 66 million results. I was amazed to say the least, how popular this eating practice was. I started researching more and reading numerous articles about the health benefits associated with fasting.

Did you know that the Breakfast is where one Breaks Fast, or breaks from fasting! 🙂

Benefits:

“These include reduced body weight, reduced body fat, reduced cholesterol, better glucose control, reduced liver fat, increased endurance and better motor coordination.”

Wow, this is just to name of few of the many benefits obtained from fasting. For those with diabetes, it has even cured many from taking insulin and/or reduced their insulin dosage greatly.

16/8 Intermittent Fasting Success Stories

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I began following and reading Dr. Jason Fung’s articles and videos on fasting. Dr. Jason Fung is a Canadian nephrologist (kidney specialist). He’s a world-leading expert on intermittent fasting and low carb, especially for treating people with type 2 diabetes.

You can find his website and sign up for his very informative email newsletter, as well as read about some amazing benefits and success stories on his website at ….

➡   Dr. Jason Fung MD

Dr. Jason Fung is also the author of “The Obesity Code.”  He states fasting can be easily incorporated into anyone’s daily routine.

“Anytime you’re not eating is a fast — anything above four hours is considered fasting.”

By beginning the practice of fasting, your body will adapt and begin to change from burning sugar for fuel to burning fat. Without going into great detail here, just do a google search like I did and start reading more for inspiration.

My Daily 16-8 Intermittent Fasting Routine

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As you can see if you’re reading this post on my blog, I love to travel. I want to be able to stay as healthy as I possibly can, so we can enjoy traveling well into our golden years. I’ve sustained numerous physical injuries over the years, with a few resulting in surgery.

I also suffer with arthritic pain in many of my joints. I continue to keep exercising daily and watch my diet more closely as I get older.

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But it really wasn’t until I began fasting that I realized exactly what I was eating and, when I was eating during the day. Snacking in the evening hours watching television was not good and not healthy either!

Here’s another example;

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I love milk and drank loads of it every morning.  It wasn’t until I looked at the label on the side of the jug that I realized just how much sugar there was in just one serving!

I have now switched to no sugar almond milk for my cereal and morning coffee.

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Like your morning glass of orange juice? Well, have a look at the label and check out how much sugar that glass of OJ contains.

Have a real piece of fruit instead!

Once I decided on a schedule of 16-8, the rest just naturally began to happen. I even surprised myself that I could workout in the morning before breaking my fast. I feel lighter and have more energy as well when working out on my elliptical trainer.

Exercising during your fast period will even burn more fat, helping you to lose weight faster.

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I’m happy to say I’ve lost 25 pounds of Visceral fat in just over 4 months time. By simply fasting, watching what I’m eating more closely and exercising daily. I’ve got 10 pounds to go to reach my ultimate weight for my age and height.

If it wasn’t for the fact that I love my sweet desserts and the odd cold beer – more in the summer months :), I would easily reach my goal. I still enjoy that juicy hamburger, but everything in moderation now. We make sure not to overindulge or consume too many calories in one day.

Especially when we know we won’t have the opportunity to burn those calories off throughout the day!

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It’s not a race, but just another tool in the box to assist in leading a long and healthy life for years to come. 🙂

My blood pressure has improved since starting, and my resting heart rate has dropped as well. I also practice a simple morning routine of yoga and meditation. Nothing serious, but just gentle moves to get the blood flowing and muscles activated.

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I’m just a regular person who is trying to stay healthy despite my injuries and live an active lifestyle for years to come.

No more snacking in the evening while watching television and drinking lots of water instead. By adopting the practice of intermittent fasting, my wife and I have become much more aware of what we’re eating.

We pay a lot more attention to our diet and have reduced our sugar intake dramatically as a result.

How Often Should You Do 16-8 Intermittent Fasting 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I’m not a doctor, but I’ve researched and read countless documented articles from leading health professionals and doctors on the subject of intermittent fasting. There are all forms of fasting methods to choose from.

Picking the right one for you and your lifestyle is completely up to you. People fast for just a few times a week, for full days, multiple days and more.

It’s up to you and what suits you best.

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Pros and Cons Of Intermittent Fasting 16/8

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Regardless of your health status, it’s a good idea to consult with your doctor or a licensed nutrition professional before trying any new diet or fasting plan. Depending on your present state of health, it’s always best to consult with a professional before starting something new.

Below, I’ve included a link to an article written by a Medical Doctor on Intermittent Fasting from the Harvard Medical School.

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