What is Intermittent Fasting?
Newton Residents ask, ‘What is Intermittent Fasting?’
Intermittent fasting is an eating schedule that promotes periods of time throughout the day where the individual does not eat. For instance, some may skip breakfast or have their last meal of the day quite early to fast a bit at night. There are many different types of intermittent fasting techniques. Without eating during these times, fat cells can release stored sugar to be used as energy and insulin levels will eventually go down. I will evaluate your current health status to see what methods work best for you. In my practice I apply intermittent fasting to some of my patient’s diets and meal plans. Depending on the individual’s current health status, this fasting technique can help to overcome various conditions such as obesity, hypertension, and inflammation. Paired with other very important methods such as a plant forward diet, exercise, and removal/substitution of obesogenic medications, my patients will be at their optimal health.
About Dr Bijal Dave, NJ Weight Loss Specialist
I joined my husband at Advanced Primary Care in 2014. I graduated medical school with honors from Mumbai University in 2001 after which I moved to the US. After finishing my MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from USM, Hattiesburg, I dedicated a year of research at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn. In addition to internships, my residency at UMDNJ was with a focus on management of Obesity related problems. I finished my family medicine residency in 2008 and dedicated the next 6 years serving the underprivileged population in Staten Island, NY while working out of the Mariners harbor and Stapleton family health center for the Health and Hospitals Corporation, NY.
Weight Loss Success for Newton, NJ Residents
I employ a variety of trusted, non-surgical methods with my patients. Depending on the patient’s current health status, individuals have lost from about 20 to 115 pounds using the a combination on the following programs:
- Optimization of current medications, removal/substitution of obesogenic medications if appropriate
- Prescribe weight loss medication
- Diet advice
- Meal planning (upon request)
- Treatment of phycological conditions that might be contributing to emotional eating
- Employment of intermittent fasting
Sticking to a Clean, Plant Based Diet
Take the word “diet” with a grain of salt because transforming your health, long term through nature’s prescribed medicine isn’t actually a diet at all. This is a lifestyle that can overcome a wide range of medical concerns and is completely sustainable for nutritional health. Clean eating means to remove or lessen the amount of processed, fried, and packaged foods out there. Plant based means to have a diet that consists completely or primarily of plants including fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes. The options for meals are endless, here are a few to try today:
Low Glycemic Index Lemon Poppy Seed Bars – These bars have a combination of sprouted whole wheat flour & almond flour in the batter and acid from lemons is known to lower the glycemic index of any food. By using white sugar & all purpose flour, that raises your glycemic index and insulin, these are made using pure organic coconut sugar which is derived from the sap of the coconut tree and is by nature, low in glycemic index.
Butternut Squash Soup – This soup contains vitamins A, C & carotenoid from the carrots, squash, and peppers. Coconut milk promotes gut health, contains anti-inflammatory properties, and can help to strengthen the immune system.
Tofu and Peas Curry in a Cashew Yogurt Sauce – Tofu is high in protein, magnesium, helps to strengthen bones, and aids in maintaining cholesterol levels. Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory. Cilantro is a natural diuretic that can aid in heart health, and contain immune-boosting antioxidants. Cashews are rich in fiber and heart healthy fats.
Heart Health and Nutrition
As you can see from the benefits of the above listed recipes, heart health and nutrition go hand in hand. My methods for weight loss including a clean, plant based meal plan will allow for all around benefits such as lowering blood pressure, hypertension, and improving gut health.
Feel the Benefits of My Methods
Lose weight and turn around your health from the inside out under the care of a metabolic medical practitioner. The first step is easy, just call one of our three locations, after that I will work with you through the entire process. I look forward to meeting you.