Today’s episode is in response to a number of questions, and even pushback, I’ve gotten about the idea of women fasting. Intermittent fasting expert Gin Stephens is here to talk specifically about what the research says about if women should do this and how to do it in the best way possible.
We really dispel some of the myths that have been perpetuated about women and fasting, and talk about the way that it can be not just safe but extremely beneficial for women as long as it meets certain criteria.
Make sure to check out her books, Fast, Feast, Repeat, and Delay: Don’t Deny: Living an Intermittent Fasting Lifestyle. They’re some of the best books I’ve read on the topic!
Episode Highlights With Gin Stephens
- Why intermittent fasting isn’t just another way to restrict calories or eat less
- The reason our bodies need a break from constantly digesting food
- What autophagy is and why it’s so important, especially for women
- The insulin connection with fasting, and how to use this to your advantage
- What beverages are and are not ok during a fasting window and why
- What happens during a fasting window that leads to anti-aging effects
- The way to figure out your fasting window and dial in your timing
- What it means to “fast clean” and how to do it
- The three goals of fasting, and how to make sure you accomplish them
- The all-important question: can you drink coffee on a fast?
- And more!
Resources We Mention
- Gin Stephens
- Books by Gin Stephens
- Delay, Don’t Deny Social Network
- Delay, Don’t Deny Facebook Group
- The Obesity Code
- Mindset: The New Pyschology of Success
- Article: New England Journal of Medicine, Summary of Effects of Intermittent Fasting
- Zero app for fasting/tracking
More From Wellness Mama
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- 201: Understanding Fasting & Keto for Women (Even During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding) + Instant Pot Tips
- 345: How to Use Circadian Fasting to Improve Health & Slow Aging With Dr. Amy Shah
- 255: Dr. Valter Longo on a Fasting Mimicking Diet and Increasing Healthspan
- How to Use the Fasting Mimicking Diet to Get the Benefits of Fasting (Without Skipping Food!)
- My Favorite Health Apps for Mind, Body and Hormones
- Water Fasting Benefits, Dangers & My Personal Experience
- Can Intermittent Fasting (Skipping Meals) Make You Healthier?
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