Intermittent fasting (IF) has been gaining popularity in recent years as a way to improve health and lose weight. However, did you know that this type of fasting can also improve your cognitive performance? If you want to improve your performance at work, intermittent fasting is a great option. Keep reading to learn more about how intermittent fasting can help you reach your goals!


Intermittent fasting is a pattern of eating that involves cycles of fasting and eating. There are a number of different ways to do intermittent fasting, but the most common is the 16/8 method, which involves fasting for 16 hours and eating for 8 hours. This is the method I advocate for my clients who are going through the Sage Fast Programme.


Intermittent fasting is not a new concept – it has been practised for centuries by sages and leaders all over the world. Have you ever wondered why Jesus went to the desert for 40 days and nights to fast before the day of his reconning? Did you know that “the father of medicine” Hippocrate popularised food abstinence in Ancient Greece to treat certain health conditions?


In modern Western cultures, it has become the norm for adults to eat three meals a day and snack in between. Food (fast, slow, clean, and everything in between) is marketed and made available 24/7 so it is easy to over-consume and we can develop unhealthy eating habits that use food as a coping mechanism to manage stress, insecurity, and boredom. As lives become more sedentary and our physiology changes as we age, it is not surprising that many over 40s begin to gain unwanted weight. Aside from the physical negative effects of weight gain on our bodies, it can also have adverse effects on our mental health as weight gain can make us feel sluggish and foggy, and we can have less energy, and lose confidence.


Intermittent fasting has several benefits, including improved mental clarity, increased fat burning, and improved insulin sensitivity. A new study has shown that intermittent fasting can help improve memory and brain function. The study was conducted on animals, but the results are promising for humans as well. Clinical studies showed the benefits of IF for epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, and multiple sclerosis on disease symptoms and progress. They also showed mechanisms by which Parkinson’s disease, ischemic stroke, autism spectrum disorder, and mood and anxiety disorders could benefit from intermittent fasting. (The Effects of Intermittent Fasting on Brain and Cognitive Function, U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM), 2021 September)

So how does one get started? It’s as simple as deciding and committing to getting started. As with any new skill, it will take practice so the more you do it, the easier it gets! It’s very straightforward to implement as it requires no gimmicky diets, no counting calories or collecting meal points. You don’t need to cook complicated, time-consuming recipes or invest in expensive equipment, ingredients, or supplements. One factor that could mean the difference between success and failure is your mental fitness.


My clients love it because of its adaptability – you can start and stop anytime you wish and adapt the window of fasting to suit your schedule. Best of all, it can save you money and time as you reduce the amount of food you need to buy and cook! Many of my clients have reported feeling lighter, more confident and having more clarity and focus within weeks of implementing the practice together with mental fitness training.


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