INTERMITTENT FASTING AFTER 50
If you’re wondering if it’s good to do intermittent fasting when you’re over 50, I hope this post helps you get started and reap all its benefits.
In general terms, women who are around 50 years of age go through peri and postmenopause, with 52 years being the average age of menopause.
The doctor recommended my mother try intermittent fasting, and one of the reasons was to even out her insulin levels, which is important since heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s run in my family.
In her late 50s (she’s in her 60s now), my mom noticed that body fat shifted from her hips and thighs to her lower abdomen, which is very common after menopause, and she wanted to do something about it.
At this stage of life, estrogen levels are lower, and women lose protection against heart disease and osteoporosis. Intermittent fasting can help control weight, lower cholesterol, blood pressure, insulin resistance, and improve sleep.
Although this segment of the population has not been the subject of specific studies, many studies that I will mention below include women over the age of 50 in their studies on intermittent fasting.
I am in my 40s and have added intermittent fasting to my lifestyle. I hope the information I’m going to share with you helps you add intermittent fasting to your routine.
I would like to tell you that before starting an intermittent fasting plan, it is advisable to consult a doctor . Intermittent fasting is not for everyone, so you need to tell your personal doctor.
The purpose of this post is to give you an idea of how intermittent fasting works and the benefits it can have for women over 50, not to give you medical or professional advice.
WHAT IS INTERMITTENT FASTING?
Intermittent fasting consists of fasting (abstaining from eating) for a certain number of hours, and concentrating meals on the remaining hours, alternating periods of fasting and eating cyclically.
This way of eating adapts to all lifestyles and can be done at any age.
There are several times for intermittent fasting , although some are more popular than others because they are easier to fit into your daily routine, especially if you lead a busy life.
The most common intermittent fasting methods are those that involve fasting for 12 hours and Fasting for 16 hours , or fasting for 24 hours once or twice a week.
Normally, I fast for about 12 to 16 hours a day because going without food for longer is hard for me. I usually stop eating at 8pm (8pm) and have my first meal at noon the next day.
Sometimes I decide to break the fast by drinking a Keto coffee , as it is beneficial when drunk on an empty stomach. I take it around 9 am, when I have already fasted for 12 hours.
WHAT IS THE AGE LIMIT FOR INTERMITTENT FASTING?
In general, there is no age limit for intermittent fasting. According to Harvard Health , the most limiting factor when it comes to fasting is not related to age, but to certain health conditions such as diabetes, blood sugar problems, and patients taking heart medication, among other pathologies.
For this reason, if you have any health problems and want to start intermittent fasting, it is essential that you consult your doctor.
Intermittent fasting is also not recommended for children, pregnant women, lactating women, or adolescents.
INTERMITTENT FASTING AND MENOPAUSE: DOES IT WORK?
Research shows that intermittent fasting after menopause can help you lose weight and maintain a healthy weight .
BENEFITS OF INTERMITTENT FASTING FOR WOMEN OVER 50
In addition to the main benefits of intermittent fasting , studies have shown that, in some people, it helps to lower blood pressure , triglycerides and improve insulin resistance .
These benefits of intermittent fasting are especially useful during postmenopause, because at this stage many women over the age of 50 experience increased abdominal fat (belly fat), increased risk of heart disease, a natural loss of mass muscle and an increased risk of depression and other mood disturbances.
For many women, seeing a health professional and incorporating intermittent fasting by following a balanced diet can improve overall health and well-being.
Also, keep in mind that intermittent fasting does not prevent you from eating any food, you should only do so at established times. Here I explain what foods to eat in intermittent fasting and you will see that you can enjoy tasty and nutritious meals while taking care of your health.
HOW TO DO INTERMITTENT FASTING IF YOU ARE OVER 50
Getting started is very easy! All you have to do is choose the intermittent fasting schedule that best suits your lifestyle, such as 16:8 intermittent fasting.
To get started, stay consistent, and get the best results, I recommend reading my post where I explain how to do intermittent fasting .