Intermittent Fasting: Transformational Technique | Cynthia Thurlow | TEDxGreenville

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


  1. Key: Skip breakfast, eating starts at noon and ends at 8pm.

    What to eat:
    *real whole foods*
    – organic or pastures meats, wild-caught fish
    – Healthy fats: avocado, coconut oil, nuts, grass-fed butter
    – Unprocessed carbs: low-glycemic berries, green leaf veggies, squash, quinoa, sweet potatoes
    – Don’t consume sugar and alcohol.
    – Stay hydrated

    How to start?
    Start from 13hour fasting. Slowly increase to 16 hours.

  2. I started it with 136 kgs did kito dite for 3 days and then started fasting … 30 hours and more 1.5 weeks latter i was 125 planing to take it to 100

  3. 10 years ago they called it anorexia. Now it’s called intermittent fasting xd
    What a weird culture we live in.

  4. I have started the fast 800 diet 16:8 on the first of January 2020 and have lost over 16kg! It’s the lifestyle that I have embraced and it has completely changed my life!

  5. Follow Ayurveda. All things about intermittent fasting is available in detail in 7000 years old hindu scripts, Vedas. Till date modern science could not prove anything wrong in it. Indians have practicing intermittent fasting for ages.

  6. Loved. This presentation. Thank you so much for this wonderful research. I’ve been doing the 16/8 for a 4-5 months and have never felt better.

  7. I can accept it’s important when to eat but not that it’s More important than WHAT TO EAT. That’s just plain lying

  8. Just enjoy life and only eat chips when you are drunk. Not eating for long periods will make you miserable. Simply burn more than you eat to lose weight. And when your happy with your weight, burn (exercise what you eat). And if your happy the way your are, enjoy life.

  9. Been doing this, but don’t eat from midnight to 6:00 am, minus the etoh, working, I sleep from 10:00am-5:30 pm, working I must say

  10. When you eat is more important than what you eat?!?! False. Both are equally important and I understand the point you are trying to get across, but don’t be misleading from the get go. Your point that "meal frequency and timing is crucial" is a far better way of stating what you were championing.

  11. Great Video clip! Excuse me for chiming in, I would appreciate your opinion. Have you considered – Dinanlinson Amazing Look Approach (search on google)? It is a good one off product for learning how to quickly lose weight without the normal expense. Ive heard some decent things about it and my close friend Aubrey finally got great results with it.

  12. She makes a lot of claims but provides no science. I’m not saying it’s wrong, but we should all expect something more substantial.

  13. I’m not sure it’s intermittent fasting or lack of calories… I haven’t changed my eating habits and am gaining weight. When I "intermittent fast" I lose weight….why? because I’m not consuming as many calories. lol…I also cut carbs. I think is an easier way to lose weight in that you aren’t starving yourself throughout the day.

  14. Breakfast(BREAK-Fast) is still most important. No matter what time it is, your first meal is always BREAK-FAST

  15. I’ve been intermittent fasting for about 2 years now and I absolutely love it. I , however, do not skip breakfast because from my research I feel it’s not in my best interest. My hours of food consumption begin at about 9 am and I’m finished eating by 2 pm. So I have a 19 hour window where I’m not eating and I love it! The first week was hard but after that, it was easy. Lots of time for the body to do its spring cleaning 🙂 I also walk 2 1/2 miles a day. I don’t eat meat and rarely dairy but I do eat fish. Lots of greens, nuts, some fruit. I rotate what I eat all the time. So much easier, less dishes, less food prep, more time for fun! Grazing all day long is the worst thing you can do for your body as digestion requires more energy than literally ANY OTHER ACTIVITY!

  16. I disagree with her point on IF not being good for diabetics or renal patients. I’m both and it has helped me tremendously

  17. Mmmmm yea, you can do intermittent fasting but can’t go and stuff your face with whatever you want to eat, you still have to watch your calories intake. The key to intermittent fasting is you cutting out your window of eating to limit your calorie intake. Been doing it for years now, will never change it

  18. What is the difference between fasting for weeks as some people do and those who are anorexic? Starving is when you eat very little, but fasting is zero food. Now, what differentiates this from anorexics?

  19. To all those who’ve done it and actually lost weight: I’ve tried 16:8, been doing it for 2 weeks, haven’t lost any weight, what am I doing wrong? :(((( HELP?

  20. Weight loss is definitely a side effect of IF. For me the mental and spiritual clarity is like night and day when consistent with IF. The energy spent digesting is significant.

  21. On intermittent fasting 16/8 I have lost 38 lbs in 4 months. I’m 70 yrs old. I have never followed a diet that has worked aa great as this. Life style change for sure.

  22. I started IF on Jan 6th, 2020. I started slowly doing 12:12, then 14:10, then 16:8 (recommended on this video), and then stayed on 18:6 for 3 weeks. At week 6 I started pushing for 20:4. It gets easier and you don’t miss the 3 meals a day. So far I lost 12 lbs. I’m hoping to lose a total of 25 by the end of the year.
    Additional benefits: 1) I found that not only the fast itself helps with my health, but the increase in water intake does, too. To stay "full" most of the time I’m fasting, I’m drinking a lot more water than I used to, and that also brings its own benefits when it comes to cleansing the body and improving organ function. 2) I’m saving money! Because I only have to think of 1 meal a day instead of 3, I’m spending a lot less!

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