Intermittent Fasting can be an excellent tool to help tap into fat burning and boost gut health. But what about for women over 40? Can it still be used?
It turns out that many women over 40 are using Intermittent Fasting and seeing (and feeling!) incredible results. But there are certain things to consider in order to be successful. Today, we're diving into everything you need to know about Intermittent Fasting for women over 40.
The Benefits of Intermittent Fasting For Women Over 40
Regardless of age, Intermittent Fasting has been studied to help improve insulin sensitivity, increase gut health mechanisms and boost fat burning.(1)
However, one benefit that's particularly useful for women over 40 is the improved insulin sensitivity perk. As we age, insulin resistance (the opposite of insulin sensitivity) tends to go up. This is usually due to muscle loss and other hormonal changes. Especially if you have had a pregnancy in the past, there could be possible lingering effects of increased insulin resistance from the pregnancy.
Insulin resistance can make it difficult to achieve a weight loss goal. So if your goal is to lose weight, then one major step is to help improve insulin sensitivity.
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How Long Should A Woman Over 40 Fast?
How long you should fast will depend on a few factors, such as:
if you're exercising
how intense you're exercising
if you're new to fasting
your protein needs
if you're recovering from an injury
if you're insulin resistant
Generally speaking, I never recommend fasts longer than 20 hours. Any longer than this and it's easy to run the risk of not getting adequate protein for the body's needs. And interestingly, as we age our protein needs go up, not down. As protein intake is required for maintaining the metabolism and helping to prevent osteoporosis in the future, this should not be sacrificed.
That being said, I've found a good fasting length that balances the perks of fasting with the perks of eating to range (for most people) between 14-16 hours per day. Although, as I mentioned this can change depending on your specific circumstances. You can checkout my free quiz to help you determine your ideal fasting length HERE.
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