The health benefits of intermittent fasting are now indisputable, and 16:8 is the easiest and most effective fasting method.
Jaime Rose Chambers is a practising dietitian who sees countless patients looking for advice on how to manage their weight. She prescribes intermittent fasting as a matter of course, as it's by far the easiest and most effective tool for healthy weight control that she's seen.
This indispensable handbook has everything you need to know about intermittent fasting, including:
- the latest science on 16:8 and 5:2, showing how intermittent fasting can not only help you control your weight, but also helps lower cholesterol, reduce blood pressure and protect against heart disease
- 40 delicious, nutritionally replete recipes
- advice on how to set up a personalised fasting program that suits your lifestyle and individual health needs
- meal plans to help you incorporate fasting into your week
- inspirational real-life success stories.
Jaime Rose Chambers is an accredited practising dietitian and nutritionist. She has a Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics from the University of Newcastle and is completing a Masters of Clinical Medicine for complementary therapies. She sees patients with a wide range of health conditions, including diabetes, obesity, food allergies and intolerances, polycystic ovarian syndrome and cancer.
Jaime is a well-respected voice in diet and nutrition, and has made appearances on Today Tonight and A Current Affair, as well as being a frequent contributor to publications such as The Australian Women's Weekly, Cleo and Cosmopolitan. She also speaks regularly on the importance of nutrition at corporate seminars and cancer support groups.
Author: Jaime Rose Chambers
Question: What is Intermittent Fasting?
Jaime Rose Chambers: Intermittent fasting is a health and weight strategy whereby you eat nothing or a very restricted amount of food for a period of time (fasting) and then eat normally for the rest of the time. There are many methods to achieve this but from my experience in clinic, the easiest method if 16:8 where you fast for 16 hours of the day which includes overnight and eat within an 8 hour window of the day.
Question: What originally inspired you to try Intermittent Fasting?
Jaime Rose Chambers: My initial inspirations were my Dad and step-Mum who have been doing intermittent fasting for years and got and maintained such great results. Then last year some excellent human research trials on fasting started to come through the science world (plus the motivation of losing the last of my baby weight!), which is what prompted me to personally try intermittent fasting.
Question: What are the positive benefits associated with Intermittent Fasting?
Jaime Rose Chambers: Intermittent fasting has been shown for most people to help reduce the risk of almost all major chronic diseases as well as possibly slow ageing, improve memory and have an anti-inflammatory effect. Fasting may be protective against cardiovascular disease by reducing cholesterol and blood pressure, type 2 diabetes by reducing blood sugar and insulin levels and it may also help to slow down the growth of some cancers.
Question: How does Intermittent Fasting protect against Alzheimers?
Jaime Rose Chambers: The research shows that in a fasting mode the brain almost goes into (a good form of) shock and this process causes new neuron connections to form in the brain which are believed to be more resistant to plaque formation. It's these plaque formations that are associated with the onset of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
Interview by Brooke Hunter
Author: Jaime Rose Chambers