How do you lose weight, lower risk of heart disease and diabetes, improve gut health, and enhance cognitive performance? Simple: You take a day off from eating.
That might sound extreme—even crazy—but cutting-edge scientific research published in the journal Obesity suggests that “intermittent fasting” could be the smartest thing you can do for your health.
Yes, we get it: Fasting for a whole day can sound awful, or even impossible. But you might be surprised at how great it makes you feel. And we’ll show you how anyone can do it—the easy way.
How Intermittent Fasting Works
Let’s start with the science. In the study, researchers from the University of Florida and Johns Hopkins University detail an amazing array of benefits that can be experienced from fasting for 12 hours or longer, just once a week. These include lower blood pressure, reduced inflammation, and “increased resistance of cells to stress and disease,” the scientists say.
But perhaps the best part: The researchers report that fasting can “flip your metabolic switch,” which results in improving your ability to process sugar and also puts your body in accelerated fat-burning mode. And who doesn’t want to be in accelerated fat-burning mode?
Of course, there’s still that one issue: You have to resist eating for a few hours. But it may not be as hard as you think.
First, it may help to know that fasting isn’t a fad; it’s been around for thousands of years. Both the Ancient Greeks and Ancient Chinese regularly fasted, and from an evolutionary standpoint, it’s what people did naturally before the abundance of fast food restaurants, vending machines, and walk-in pantries. The upshot: You’re wired to fast—you just aren’t used to it.
Your Intermittent Fasting Plan
So let’s keep it simple: The night before you fast, finish your last meal or snack by 8 p.m. Then don’t eat again until at least 6 p.m. the next day. That’s a 22-hour fast, and it can reduce your weekly calorie intake by 10 to 15 percent—without making any other changes to your diet.
Another option that can be a little easier for beginners: Stop eating after 8 p.m., and don’t eat again until lunch the next day. (You’re essentially just skipping breakfast.) The fast isn’t quite as long, but it’s still significantly more than 12 hours, and pretty easy, since you’re sleeping for a good part of it. Most importantly, it provides you with many of the health benefits cited in the scientists’ report.
When you fast, don’t eat any food. That’s the main rule. However, you can—and should—drink plenty of water and any other non-caloric beverages. (Just avoid artificial sweeteners.) Your best bet: Our organic tea, which has no calories, a delicious, natural flavor, and is loaded with healthful antioxidants, making it the perfect beverage to consume during a fast.
In fact, our 28-Day TeaTox provides you with two cups of tea a day, made with natural herbs, vitamins, and minerals that can lower cholesterol, strengthen your immune system, and reduce gas and bloating.
What to Expect When You Try Intermittent Fasting
You will feel hungry when you fast. That’s quite normal. We suggest this strategy: Lean into it.
Here’s the reason: In the past century, Americans have become very uncomfortable with feeling hungry. We seek out snacks at the first twinge of hunger, and often obsess over it until we get satisfaction. And then the cycle starts all over again. Sound familiar?
It can be argued that this obsession of never feeling hungry has largely contributed to the obesity epidemic. But here’s the good news: When people fast, many report that this obsession with getting your food fix dissipates.
They stop worrying about how and when they’re going to get something to eat, and as a result, they’re able to focus far better on work and other tasks. So they become more productive in every aspect of life. All while reducing calories and lowering risk for disease.
Of course, there’s only one way to find out if it’ll work for you: Choose a day this week and give it a try, using one of the easy fasting strategies above.
If you decide that fasting just isn’t right, here’s another approach: Combine a 28-Day Organic TeaTox with our 7-Day Healthy Eating Meal Plan. And even if you just drink the tea twice a day—and don’t use the meal plan—our customers say you can still lose serious weight!