Intermittent fasting is one of the most effective weight loss methods that you can practice.
Fasting allows you to restrict calories naturally without a rigid protocol. It’s also easy to maintain once you go through a brief transition period.
The benefits of fasting regardless of gender are boundless
Before I talk about how fasting may affect women differently than men its important to highlight the benefits of fasting.
Fasting has too many benefits to list in this post.
But some of the biggest include:
- Weight and body fat loss/maintenance
- Lower blood pressure
- Better heart health
- Stable insulin levels and higher sensitivity to insulin
- Reduced inflammation (which helps prevent disease)
You’ll also experience increased energy and focus as you go further along in your fasting journey.
Despite all of the wonderful benefits fasting may affect you differently if you’re a woman.
Some women may want to practice a modified version of fasting
Fasting for long periods of time may not be the best idea for women. Most women will see incredible results fasting between 14–16 hours per day.
You also may want to vary your fasting protocol as well.
Some weeks consider practicing the 5:2 protocol. This type of fasting allows you to eat normally for 5 days out of the week.
On your “fasting” days you consume no more than 500 calories.
You could also do the 16:8 protocol but instead of fasting for 16 hours start at 13 or 14 hours and then gradually work your way up to 16.
The key is to not to practice a lengthly fast every day.
This will help with maintaining a proper hormonal balance. This is necessary for having a consistent menstrual cycle.
Some women do report that their menstrual cycle is affected when the start fasting. This is especially something to watch out for if you’re extremely active.
The female reproductive system and metabolism are intertwined
When your menstrual cycle is affected by fasting this is a signal that your hormones overall are out of balance.
Typically women should have a higher body fat percentage than men. This is a good thing.
Over exercise and fasting will cause a decrease in estrogen and progesterone. These hormones are important for bone strength, energy levels, and mental health.
You also may find it difficult to lose weight if your menstrual cycle is off.
It’s best to stop or reduce fasting if you:
- Are missing periods
- Cold all the time
- Experiencing hair loss
- Have low energy and sexual desire
- Stress intolerance
- Constant mood swings
Make sure that you are living a healthy overall lifestyle while fasting.
- Being hydrated
- Getting good sleep
- Engaging in healthy relationships
- Proper nutrition
Fasting for women is just as effective but a modified schedule is the best approach for long term results.
Here’s a Guide That’ll Help You with Hunger When You Start Fasting
Download the Stop Hunger While Fasting Guide. Implement the 5 tips suggested. You’ll see a positive change in a short period of time.