Intermittent Fasting: Transformational Technique | Cynthia Thurlow | TEDxGreenville

NOTE FROM TED: Please do not look to this talk for medical advice and consult a medical professional before adopting an intermittent fasting regiment. This talk only represents the speaker’s views on fasting, diet, and health. TEDx events are independently organized by volunteers. The guidelines we give organizers are described in more detail here:

Two-thirds of women 40-59 years old are overweight and more than 1/2 are obese. Intermittent fasting can help women lose weight effectively. And can have profound impact on bio-physical profiles, but also improved self esteem and interpersonal relationships. It is easy to implement, it is inexpensive and flexible.

Cynthia is a Western medicine trained nurse practitioner and functional nutritionist who is passionate about female hormonal health. She believes that the inherent power of food and nutrition can be your greatest asset to your health and wellness journey. She works 1:1 with female clients and is the creator of Wholistic Blueprint a 6-week signature program for female hormonal health, she's also the co-host of Everyday Wellness podcast and a recurring segment contributor on her local ABC affiliate in Washington, DC. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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  • Ilshim 34
    Ilshim 342 жыл бұрын

    My intermittent fasting consists of eating between 12pm and 4pm and fasting the rest of time. I have been doing this for over eight months and I feel as good as I can be at my age (I will be 77 in a few days!) I am extremely poor, so I can't afford the best quality salmon, and most of my vegetables, avocados, and nuts are not organic, but I eat as healthy as my budget allows. Sometimes what you don't eat is just as important as what you eat. Avoid processed and sugary foods, avoid restaurants (I can't afford them anyway!), make everything from scratch, chew your food well, etc. Hope it helps!

  • Catherine Hughes
    Catherine Hughes

    I found this talk in September 2020 and it has been life-changing. Down 70lbs in one year. Thank you.

  • Deborah Hackman
    Deborah Hackman12 сағат бұрын

    This has worked for me as well. When people say they can't fast, they really get hung up on the word "fasting". I don't refer to it as fasting, but a way of life. I learned to embrace those initial hunger pangs in the morning. It has really helped me change my mindset. I also drink a lot of water.

  • Julchen

    I am 50. Been fasting 30 years( intermittently& extended fasts). I approve this message.👏 Spiritual, physical, mental/cognitive benefits💜🙏

  • Nine2Nine

    I fast for 20 hours a day and eat for 4. Except for the hunger I find that I generally feel way better. The biggest benefit I have noticed though is the lack of laziness. I find myself completing projects I normally put off and actively looking for things to do in my downtime. It also helps control my blood sugar so for a prediabetic this is extremely helpful.

  • My Retired Life
    My Retired Life9 сағат бұрын

    I'm doing 22 hr fasting with a 2 hour eating window. I love it. I hate eating breakfast and always found it makes me tired. I eat from 5 pm to 7 pm them not again till the next day at 5pm. Basically it's OMAD (one meal a day). Sometimes I'm hungry but it doesn't bother me. I feel great and have lost 30 lbs so far

  • Thomas Wilborn Jr
    Thomas Wilborn Jr2 жыл бұрын

    She is ABSOLUTELY right! I lost 60lbs skipping "the most important meal of the day." I tried the 16:8. The first 30lbs was lost with no exercise or diet change, the last 30lbs were lost with diet change and exercise. It was hands down one of the best changes I have ever made in my life.

  • BrooklynAllDay BrooklynAllNight
    BrooklynAllDay BrooklynAllNight

    Me and my wife are intermittent fasting, we just started though, we only eat between 4pm-8pm, and it's low carb, low sugar, keto but not really keto, it's only been 15 days but we are sticking to it and staying strong. Good luck to all who are trying to do the right thing for their bodies.

  • Saul Smith
    Saul Smith

    I started intermittent fasting in October of last year and I have lost 30 pounds so far. Started out at 230 pounds and for the first time in almost a decade I weighed under 200 pounds yesterday. I eat dinner at 7 PM and don’t eat again until 11 AM at the earliest. Multiple times a week I will do one meal a day. I’ve drastically cut out sugar and carbs, although not completely. This weight loss has happened with minimal exercise. I’ve just recently decided to go on daily brisk walks for 30 minutes during my fasted state. I know it’s different for everyone, but for me, this was shockingly simple.

  • Chitra Ravi
    Chitra RaviКүн бұрын

    I have been practicing IF for 10 years. In the best form I have been. Now in my early 60s. I follow a more Indian form of IF wherein I eat breakfast and lunch but skip dinner. This is more like how our ancestors ate, in sync with the sun. I believe this is vastly better than skipping breakfast. More in tune with nature.

  • Allie Lovette
    Allie Lovette

    I gained so much weight with my pregnancies and was really struggling postpartum. I started intermittent fasting in November 2020, not eating until noon or after 8pm, and by March I was down 40lbs. I started working out a few days a week with weightlifting, but I had to give that up when I returned to the office regularly. I now IF 5-6 days a week, giving myself some grace on the weekends to have breakfast with my family. It wasn't a diet, it wasn't restrictive, and it worked. I wasn't overly strict with what I ate during my eating window. If I wanted pizza, I had pizza. If I wanted a cookie, I had a cookie. I found my appetite shrunk and it took a lot less to make me full. Before, I would practically binge eat and not be able to stop. Now moderation is easy and I don't feel like I am restricting myself or starving. It has changed my life!

  • Daniela Di Sante
    Daniela Di Sante

    I’ve been doing this for years. I’ve sometimes stopped but then went back to it and when I do intermittent fasting it’s when I feel best! I’ve got more energy, more concentration, I want to exercise, and I don’t feel sluggish and sleepy. Some super models adopt this technique too

  • Shyanne Pilch
    Shyanne Pilch Жыл бұрын

    I’ve been intermittent fasting for over a year! Single-handedly one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It’s completely transformed my entire life, healed my body and cleared my mind!

  • Anne Caffery
    Anne Caffery

    I started gaining weight in my 40’s, found myself up 30 pounds. At 50, I started the practice of not eating between 7pm and 1pm every day. At 70 years old, I am lean, at optimum BMI now, never gain weight, and feel great. I eat healthy, but have some little treats too! Great way to live!

  • Behind the Muscle
    Behind the Muscle

    Another benefit of intermittent fasting is digestion. It gives your digestive systems a break and can do wonders for helping heal/strengthen your gut!

  • Moon
    Moon21 күн бұрын

    Girls, hear me out! I'm 28 and I've been fasting for months. I started with the 16/8, then went for the 18/6, with the 20/4 after 2 months and then with the 23/1. I used to feel great, like I've never felt before BUT I had to STOP intermittent fasting because my cycle completely stopped. I learnt that women should be fasting differently to men. We have a more complicated hormone system. Hair might start falling and fertility issues might come up! PLEASE, pay attention. It is good to fast BUT NOT EVERYDAY, especially during ovulation and pre-mestrual week.

  • G R
    G RКүн бұрын

    I started doing this 2 weeks ago and I've lost 10 lbs. I've tried everything else and nothing else worked for me. This works and I feel 100% better.

  • Fiona Sedgwick
    Fiona Sedgwick

    Ive been doing 16\8 intermittent fasting for 5 years now and i love it. It helps me control my weight and reduces stress on my digestion. I generally dont eat after 7pm or before 11am.

  • C Johnson
    C Johnson Жыл бұрын

    She sure looks healthy! I love people who walk their talk.

  • Peter Wilson
    Peter Wilson

    After only 2 weeks I'm feeling much better mentally. I had depression (still do to some extent), because I lost my 3yo daughter. That was tough and I didn't feel like living. I attribute my better mental health to a few things: Intermittant fasting, drastically reducing my sugar intake and just plain old fashioned will-power. It feels very empowering to use my will in a willful way (if you know what I mean). I work at a Cafe doing food preparation, so I physically touch tasty food all day, but I don't even make myself a sandwhich at lunch. I skip breakfast and lunch, then have whatever I want for dinner. I'm feeling much better mentally. In the last 2 weeks I've lost 8kg (17 pounds). I still have a few snacks like chips and chocolate after dinner too... although I'm trying to cut them out too. I drink water if ever I feel hungry - which is not very often. My body "just knows" my will-power is in charge. If I think of cheating, I usually do... it's very much a mental game with myself, but I'm enjoying it. Good luck everyone!