Which brings many to wonder, if the Feel Great products are so amazing, is intermittent fasting really necessary to get the full benefits of the Feel Great system?
Before we answer this question, let’s go over some of the basics of intermittent fasting.
Intermittent fasting: Humanity’s first diet
Intermittent fasting has technically been around since mankind started eating. Simply put, intermittent fasting involves going many consecutive hours without food each day, most of which happens during sleep. For most of our history, not eating between dinner and breakfast the next day was the natural course of things.
This eating schedule started to change with modern technology. Microwaves made it possible to quickly reheat food at all hours of the day—and night. Processed foods are easy to carry around with us whenever we feel the need for a snack. Electricity meant we no longer had to plan our lives around the sun and could do most things, including eating, whenever we wanted.
Unintended consequences are inevitable with life changes this big. One of those is that our eating habits have changed. We may spend less time preparing food for consumption, but we spend more time eating it than we ever have before. And when we eat more, our bodies have to work harder to digest food, plus it’s harder to maintain normal, healthy blood sugar levels.
The rise of modern diseases
The change in our eating habits is partially behind the rise of modern diseases like type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, heart disease, and more. Society’s re-focus on intermittent fasting emerged as a way to help prevent these issues and help us get back to the type of eating schedule our bodies were evolved for. One that includes a shorter eating window (8 to 10 hours) than what many of us have grown accustomed to.
Many people get into intermittent fasting because they want to lose weight, but that is just scratching the surface of what intermittent fasting can do for our bodies. It can also help improve metabolism, lower blood sugar levels, boost energy levels, improve sleep quality, support digestion, support brain health, and help control cravings. Improvements in any of these areas have a very real effect on our quality of life and what we’re able to do with our days.
The Feel Great approach is born
So, the science backing intermittent fasting is strong. The tricky part is sticking with it long enough to see those benefits.
This is where the idea for Feel Great started to take root. If we could remove the necessity to have iron-will willpower to succeed at intermittent fasting—aka, make it easier—then more people could enjoy its benefits and live better lives.
Balance and Unimate do just that. Balance helps slow down carbohydrate and cholesterol absorption in the body, thereby supporting normal, healthy blood glucose levels. Unimate supports feelings of well-being and helps us maintain endurance and stamina. Both products support satiety—helping us feel fuller for longer so we don’t feel hungry as often—and support weight-management efforts.
When Balance and Unimate work alongside intermittent fasting, it opens up even more possibilities for our health. Some things are just better—not to mention easier—when a little teamwork is involved. The Feel Great program can help people feel better than they’ve felt in years, which, at the end of the day, is what most of us are looking for when we start a new health journey.
The foundation of the Feel Great system
With that background established, let’s go back to our original question: can you do Feel Great without fasting?
The answer should be pretty clear by now: no. Not if you want to enjoy everything Feel Great has to offer. The Feel Great system was designed to support better overall health by making it easier to do intermittent fasting consistently and long term. Take out intermittent fasting, and you no longer have the Feel Great system.
More ways to make intermittent fasting easier
If “no” isn’t the answer you were hoping for, don’t worry. (If nothing else, it means you’re in good company.) Intermittent fasting does get better over time, especially if you follow the Feel Great approach to make things easier on yourself from the get-go. And once you start seeing how it affects your overall health (rather than just the number on the scale), you’ll want it to be a regular part of your life.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind, whether you’re trying intermittent fasting for the first time or need a quick refresh:
- Don’t expect perfection. Intermittent fasting is about consistency, not perfection. If you come up short on your fasting goal from time to time, don’t sweat it.
- Start with a fasting window you know you can do, and work your way up. You may not be able to do a 16-hour fast each day right away, and that’s perfectly fine. Start with a smaller fasting window, like 12 hours, and once you’re comfortable with that, add another hour, and then another hour a few weeks later, until you’re at a reasonable fasting window you can maintain.
- If you still don’t like the idea of fasting, shift your focus. Make a goal to avoid snacking after dinner, or start your day with Unimate instead of a bowl of cereal. Both techniques support intermittent fasting, but feel like less work.
For more do’s and don’ts on intermittent fasting, check out this article.
All roads lead to feeling great
It’s never too late to make positive changes in your life. So take some time to learn more about the Feel Great system today. If you have other questions about the Feel Great approach, whether they’re about intermittent fasting or not, start with these FAQs.