There has been a huge stigma involved with asking people to eat less in recent times and yet we have no problem asking them to go ahead and consider working out more or eating more frequently. It turns out that a concept known as intermittent fasting is quickly becoming a more sensible method to allow the body to take a break from constantly digesting food while, at the same time, promote healing within the metabolic and digestive systems of the body. Intermittent fasting a method by which we ask the person to limit their eating to an eight-hour period of the day and for the other 16 hours of the day, refrain from eating. That can seem a little countercultural, but in fact, studies have shown that HGH, or human growth hormone, production is augmented by intermittent fasting in women up to 1300% and in men up to 2000% increased production.What does that mean? It means that by offering the body very specific time windows to work on metabolizing your food and then allowing the body a break to do the heavy work of digesting all of the serious bi-products of the American diet such as candida infestation, thickening of the mucus, cancer cells, etc. By giving the body 16 hours of uninterrupted work time and rest time all at once, you allow for a cleaning up of the digestive processes. Preferably, intermittent fasting can be done daily to enhance immune function. It can also be done two or three times per week to still realize metabolic benefits. Intermittent fasting runs countercultural because we’ve told to eat many small meals during the day. However, it turns out that we as a society are not very good at eating small meals during the day. They tend to be larger throughout the day and weight tends to be gained instead of lost. The reason that intermittent fasting works is that you are allowing the body to begin its work on consuming stored nutrition and stored toxicity that has been kept in the fat cells. This happens after you burn through your glycogen stores that the body uses as fuel, which are typically created through carbohydrate intake. The overall point is that intermittent fasting should be considered as a lifestyle, not just a diet. And still should consist of making healthy food choice because proper nutrition is always important. That includes minimizing carbohydrates and using proper proteins and fats like coconut oil, olive oil, nuts, butter, and eggs. It may take ten to fourteen days to begin truly burning fat as fuel, but eventually the cravings begin to disappear and you have a fat burning machine that you are in control of and still are able to continue making a wide variety of food choice while, at the same time, not feeling restricted.