How Intermittent Fasting and Pilates Makes You Lean & Strong!: Interview with Heike Yates

How Intermittent Fasting and Pilates Makes You Lean & Strong: Interview with Heike Yates – Episode 157

Episode Summary

Have you ever wondered what all of the fuss is about with intermittent fasting? Have you ever thought about doing pilates, but never really knew what it was? Well, thanks to our amazing guest, nutrition fitness, and mindset coach, Heike Yates, you’re about to get answers! Heike will be sharing all of the details in regards to intermittent fasting and pilates.  She also talks about how they have transformed her life as a woman in her empty-nester phase.

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All about Intermittent Fasting

Heike was a triathlete and was working out constantly. She realized that she was gaining weight, not feeling her best self, and struggling through symptoms of menopause and other ailments. Upon discovering intermittent fasting, she quickly became aware of the amazing benefits it had on her body and mind. While intermittent fasting isn’t for every woman, it’s definitely something to look into and talk with your doctor about.

What is Intermittent Fasting?

Essentially, intermittent fasting is a series of eating windows and not eating windows. Some people choose to eat from 7 AM to 7 PM, meaning that they fast for 12 hours per day, while others choose bigger fasting windows of 14+ hours. The idea is that it gives your body time to reset and digest properly, bringing many benefits along the way.

How does it work?

The great thing about intermittent fasting is that you’re in control. This isn’t some fad diet with a long list of rules. You set the rules by determining when you eat, your fasting window, and what you eat. It’s really as simple as that. 

Some people will choose to start fasting by simply eliminating their late-night snacks. Once they finish their dinner, they simply won’t eat again until the next day. For Heike, she realized she wasn’t really that hungry in the morning and simply shifted her lunch from 1 PM to earlier, 11 AM. It really depends on you, your body’s needs and hunger cues, and what you think is best!

What are the benefits?

Heike shares many benefits that she discovered for herself, along with others she has learned through research. Intermittent fasting is associated with improved gut health, memory, clarity, and overall health. For Heike, she experienced lessoned menopause symptoms, lessoned bloating, burned body fat, and more. 

All about Pilates

Being in the pilates world for over 20 years, Heike has seen any and every kind of client reap the benefits from this practice. From clients over 600 pounds to breast cancer survivors to people of any age, pilates is an exercise practice that can help anyone.

What is pilates?

While most people think you need the fancy machinery to do a pilates workout, this is simply not the case. In essence, pilates is a type of conditioning that focuses on strength, flexibility, and alignment. You only need a space in your home about the size of a yoga mat in order to practice and start reaping the benefits!

What are the benefits?

The benefits of pilates run far and wide! First and foremost, one of the biggest benefits is that it can be done by anyone. It’s an inclusive workout that targets your whole body. Other benefits include better mobility, improved balance and strength, better posture and alignment, and more.


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