I am really excited to be apart of this movement. I am all about empowering women and fitness and this ties in both in a really cool and major way.
Declare a goal. Then show us how it’s done.
Together we’re redefining the female athlete by setting epic goals and pushing past where we’ve ever been and where we thought we could go. Join us. Set your own personal goal. Then document your journey by posting videos and photos that tell your story from start to victory.
We’ll continuously post challenges for you. But that’s just the beginning. Show us your journey. Show us what makes your story the one that stands out from the rest. If you meet your goal, set a new one. Make it even bigger. Prove to everyone, and yourself, that you have more than what it takes.
Every week we’ll give away Under Armour Swag Bags full of gear to women who are seriously getting it. We’ll also feature profiles on our home page and in the “Top Performers” section of women who are really setting an example for all of us.
After 8 weeks, we’ll announce the 10 finalists who’ve documented the most impressive, motivated, monumental stories.
Winners will be announced mid-July.
Three winners will be flown to Costa Rica to attend a four-day yoga and surf retreat. In addition to the lessons led by world-class instructors, winners will be treated to transformative massages, spa treatments and healthy, locally-sourced meals prepared by personal chefs. All while staying in plush accommodations looking out at the ocean. A retreat worthy of the women who earn it.
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What is Intermittent Fasting (IF)? Reblogged from The IF Life
For those that may not be familiar to the term, intermittent fasting is just taking “intermittent” times of fasting (no food) and working them into your lifestyle. This can be either daily or a couple times a week (will get into that more below).
From what I have read/learned from years of independent research on reduced calorie intake (CR) and IF (**studies listed at end), the conclusions are that using short-term calorie restriction/fasting may be effective when it comes to:
Reducing blood glucose and insulin levels (improving the state of the overall glucose metabolism)
Increasing fatty acid oxidation with increased FFAs (through increasing lipolysis hormones GH, glucagon and adrenaline)
Sparing and preserving muscle tissue (lean mass)
Increasing various health factors (lower inflammation, lower blood pressure, reduced oxidative stress, increased protection against neuro-degenerative diseases, and more)
Keeping the metabolism strong/healthy (as eating more meals does not “speed up” your metabolism)
There are also a multitude of lifestyle benefits such as not being a slave to eating all day long (like modern “diets” seem to preach), having more natural daily energy/focus, and even just learning how to enjoy eating once again (with good foods and friends).
Overall it can be a simple eating lifestyle that can not only help you lose weight, but more importantly let you relax and provide relief from obsessing about food or “diets” all day.
How To Start Using IF
Is there only one set way in which to use intermittent fasting?
No, of course not.
I could easily come up with several different IF protocols based on people’s individualistic needs, lifestyle, exercise, goal, macronutrient ratios, and so forth. However I am going to keep it simple and give the 2 most frequent intermittent fasting (IF) options seen.
Longer IF 1-2x a week: This is taking a longer fasting period of say for up to 24 hours and repeating 1-2x a week. Note that 24 hours is not skipping a whole day, as stopping to eat on 6pm Tues and then having your next meal at 6pm Wed is 24 hours. I usually don’t talk about anything longer than 24-32 hours for using IF, as most research is usually based on that fasting window (even if some studies have more frequency with alternate day fasting).
Shorter “Daily” IF: This means that it is done more than a couple times a week (can be daily) with a condensed eating window and less fasting than seen above. I also like to call this “Intermittent Feeding” instead of fasting. For example someone could be eating their calories in a 6-8 hour window daily (and the fasting part happens around it).
With those approaches there are still many variables to include such as calories, activity/exercise, recovery needs, food choices, etc.
In the end it is still about finding a way that does work for you. Picking the approach you think fits around your lifestyle best is going to lead to better results.
Here are some of the pros and cons of each approach for you to consider.
Longer (24 hr) Intermittent Fasting 1-2x a week:
Some of the pros for a longer fast are:
Allows a person to make sure they are getting enough calories on the non-fasting days (as it is not supposed to be a quick “crash diet” or severely calorie restricted overall).
Keeps meals simple on days that you use IF (usually just one small meal later in a day).
Allows you to eat “as normal” on other days (perhaps a better starting point for those that don’t want to change much of the rest of their diet/foods up).
Longer fasts may provide a deeper cellular cleaning (autophagy). Worth noting that this may also be achieved with exercise.
Some of the cons for a longer fast are:
Chance of overeating (binge) after a longer fast, making weight loss benefits not happen (calorie excess overall).
Less of a focus on daily healthier food choices (as I like to say that even a “skinny” person can get heart disease and cancer)
Longer fasts are a bigger stress on the body, and may not be suitable for people who have already a high stress load or metabolic/blood sugar/health* concerns
May not work well with high active lifestyle if calories are still too restricted overall.
More “Daily” Intermittent Fasting (or “Feeding”):
Some of the pros for a shorter daily fast/feeding window are:
Keeps an eating schedule simple and more consistent (day after day).
Helps to break free from the mental concept of “needing” to eat all the time.
Allows your body to adapt it’s hunger (hormones, circadian rhythms) for more consistent feeding times.
Focuses on the importance of nutrients and healthier food choices each day.
Reduces the importance of “snacking” (which is a hidden mental factor leading to many weight issues nowadays).
Intermittent shorter fasting windows may be a less stressful starting approach for those with metabolic/blood sugar/health* concerns.
Helps to focus also on daily lifestyle and stress balance overall to make it successful (which is all part of the equation).
Some of the cons for a shorter daily fast/feeding window are:
Can possibly cause weight loss plateau if calories are still too low for too long (again not meant to be a “crash diet” or severely calorie restricted).
May not be suitable for people with high calorie demands (activity) and still not eating enough overall.
Hey, I figure it’s worth a shot, I am going to try it this month, not eating from 5pm-8am on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. I’ll let you guys know how it goes.
Here are my measurements today, compared to last month:
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23% body fat
Ugh!!!! My body is being so stubborn. I will be increasing my HIIT this week.
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Ugh. I don’t know what to do. My current goal is to lose 2 pounds a week, and drop 1% body fat each week. Whyyyyyyy is that so hard? Seriously?! I eat clean, I’ve played with my macros, I eat 4-6 meals a day. I workout damn near everyday and it’s not coming off like I want it to. Le sigh. If that next 10 weeks are going to be like this, it’s gonna be a long hard journey.
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I got a juicer at the thrift store for $10 the other day and I am excited. Here is my favorite juice recipe that I have been drinking in the AM first thing.
1 large cucumber
1 celery stalk
1 large red delicious apple
1/2 large carrot
Bunch of spinach
It will yield about 2 cups.
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