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Doctor Assisted Intermittent Fasting

Doctor Assisted Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent Fasting (IF) is an eating plan that limits the times you eat to a certain number of consecutive hours of the day. Research has shown this eating pattern to be very beneficial in weight loss and also for overall health.
How it works
No food is allowed during the fasting period but you can drink water, coffee and tea. Other non-caloric items may be allowed depending on the type and goal of your individual fast. Not everyone who does intermittent fasting follows the exact same protocol.

An example of a common schedule is a 16:8 split, where 16 hours in a day is spent fasting, and you can eat during the remaining 8-hour time span. You can choose when in the day you want to have your eating period. Some prefer to have it earlier in the day while others like to skip breakfast and start eating later in the day. Another variation of intermittent fasting is to fast for multiple days in a row. In all of these methods, there is a cycle of a longer fasting period followed by a shorter eating period.
Easy to learn
Starting an intermittent fasting routine does not require a long learning curve. We will discuss your options with you and plan your intermittent fasting routine around your lifestyle so that you are set up for success and can adjust more easily to this new routine. Over time, you will understand the relationship between the quality of food and its impact on your health so that you can make healthier food choices naturally.
The benefits of intermittent fasting
Reduce weight
Following a programme of intermittent fasting naturally leads to a lower calorie intake, but more is at work than simply reducing calories. During a fast, your body adjusts hormone levels, making stored body fat more accessible to burn. Typically, 12 hours after you stop eating, there is a metabolic switch from fat/cholesterol synthesis and fat storage to ketone production. This change begins to burn fat while preserving muscle mass and function. Intermittent fasting regimens that activate this metabolic switch can improve body composition.

Reduce insulin resistance
Diabetes is a major health concern throughout Singapore today, with MOH declaring a “War on Diabetes” in 2016. Intermittent fasting helps regulate insulin levels, making it an excellent way to protect against Type 2 Diabetes. A study in 2018 at the University of Alabama showed that within a group of prediabetic obese men, the participants with a feeding window limited to 6 hours a day showed dramatically lower insulin levels after 5 weeks than those eating the exact same meals over a 12-hour span.

Improve heart health
The participants in that same study also showed a significant reduction in blood pressure over the 5 week period. Intermittent fasting may also provide cardiac protection even after cardiovascular events. In observational studies, Muslims with a history of ischemic event showed a reduced incidence of decompensated heart failure during the fasting month of Ramadan when compared with other times of the year. Ketosis is common during intermittent fasting, and one recent study showed that over a year of continuous care in patients with Type 2 Diabetes, which included nutritional ketosis, most biomarkers of Cardiovascular Disease were reduced.

Improve brain health
Multiple studies have also shown that caloric restriction can have a positive impact on memory and cognition. Metabolic switching that happens during intermittent fasting impacts multiple signalling pathways in the brain that promote neuroplasticity and resistance of the brain to injury and disease.

Reduce inflammation
Intermittent fasting is associated with improved outcomes of metabolic, autoimmune and inflammatory diseases including Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. It helps to reduce the level of monocytes (which play a critical role in inflammation) in the blood and tissues.

Other benefits
Other benefits of intermittent fasting include:
• decreased total and LDL cholesterol
• improved sleep
• cellular repair
• protection against neurodegenerative diseases
• increased lifespan

Estrogen Dominant Body Type


In this shape and body type a person can experience one or many of the following symptoms or conditions:

– Pear shaped body
– Moodiness and irritability- especially during menstrual cycle
– Infertility
– Lack of libido
– Vaginal dryness
– Constipation
– Craving chocolate or creamy foods
– Depression related to menstrual cycle

Thyroid and Dysfunctional Body Type


In this shape and body type a person can experience one or many of the following symptoms or conditions:

– Fatigue
– Depression
– Anxiety
– Craving bread, pasta and sugar
– Loss of libido
– Dry skin
– Hair thinning and loss of eye brows
– Cold intolerance
– Loss of menstrual cycle
– Difficulty making decisions

Liver Overload Type


In this shape and body type a person can experience one or many of the following symptoms or conditions:

– Pot belly
– Tired and grumpy especially in the mornings
– Craving of fried and fatty foods
– Craving alcohol
– Bad breath
– Large slit down centre of the tongue
– Joint problems
– Ankle swelling
– Spider or varicose veins
– Chemical sensitivities

Stress Response Overload or Adrenal Type


In this shape and body type a person can experience one or many of the following symptoms or conditions:

– Anxiety
– Prolonged chronic stress
– Trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep
– Craving for salty foods and chocolates
– Memory and concentration issues
– Have trouble staying awake in the afternoon.