CrossFit Health Tip - Fasting with Mike Mallin, MD PH258

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The average American spreads their food consumption out over 15 hours a day, which basically means they’re eating from the time they wake up until the time they go to bed and fasting only during sleep.

Increasing this fasting window by even just a few hours can provide a multitude of health benefits, (1, 2, 3) including:

  • Decreased rates of obesity
  • Improved blood pressure
  • Decreased insulin resistance
  • Better lipid profiles
  • Decreased risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Decreased cancer risk
  • Decreased inflammation

These benefits are seen with many different fasting practices. With time-restricted feeding, for instance, an individual eats for only a portion of the day, say 8-12 hours, and fasts the remainder of the day. Periodic prolonged fasting, on the other hand, ranges from as little as 24 hours to up to 3-5 days during which an individual is consuming only water.

Keep in mind that fasting isn’t for everyone. Those who have a history of disordered eating or diabetes, are pregnant or breastfeeding, or are participating in high-volume training should all consult with a doctor before fasting.

However, if fasting is right for you, it can be a small, easy-to-implement change that can have a significant positive impact on your health.

To learn more about CrossFit Precision Care and how to get involved as a healthcare provider or patient visit care.crossfit.com.

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Disclaimer: This podcast is for general information only, and does not provide medical advice. I recommend that you seek assistance from your personal physician for any health conditions or concerns.

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