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. The Guy In The Suit on October 8, 2021 at 9:04 am

    2003.. carbs are bad, eat meat. 2009… meat is bad, go vegan. 2019.. eating is bad, you should fast.

  2. Gowithin111 on October 8, 2021 at 9:04 am

    I’ve been intermittent fasting for over a year now almost 6 days a week. I’m not rigid about the timing I just make sure I do a minimum of 13 hrs of Not eating. I believe stop eating as early as you can in the evening, I aim for 7pm. Everyone tells me how much weight I lost & I have dessert every day, I haven’t changed my diet at all!!

  3. Amos Emenike on October 8, 2021 at 9:05 am

    I want to personally take time out to appreciate Dr IGUDIA on his YouTube channel for the herbs medication I ordered from him in curing my Diabetes disease

  4. Robert Giacomo on October 8, 2021 at 9:06 am

    I cut out white rice, pasta, white bread and potatoes + really bad sugary stuff and I’ve lost a fair bit around my gut. Instead I eat lean protein (poultry), vegetables (as carbohydrates). If I feel my body needs some cards due to fatigue I’ll eat some brown rice with the meal or seeded brown bread. For a snack: nuts, an apple/banana, melon, pomegranate (not too sugary fructose stuff). Also stuff like avocados and green salads. The odd chocolate biscuit is ok, but better if none at all. Problem can arise when on holiday or Christmas etc when it’s quite easy to let yourself go. I’ve tried fastening before but only once a week. I should try more. Do some kind of exercise. Walking not good enough in my books unless it’s power walking. Try drinking water first thing in the morning. This when you are probably most dehydrated

  5. DG's Home on October 8, 2021 at 9:08 am

    I tried this for 3 months and it helped me lose 11 kgs of weight …

  6. Omar Lazo on October 8, 2021 at 9:09 am

    How frequent? And for how long time?

  7. Max Steinlechner on October 8, 2021 at 9:09 am

    Lost 15Kg since February. I have been cycling more too, though.

  8. Not Andrew on October 8, 2021 at 9:13 am

    Been doing it 3 years and it definitely works. Don’t eat anything till 12pm.

  9. Sangam on October 8, 2021 at 9:14 am

    I lost 11 kgs over a period of 6 months with fasting… Indeed, a powerful technique…!!

    If you wanna live more, eat less….!!!

  10. D. C. on October 8, 2021 at 9:16 am

    Back in 2019 I was 80kg, and stumbled across this subject, tried 16/8 for 3 months, not daily but maybe on weekdays. No workout because I was in my uni final year. I dropped to 65kg and lost the belly. Other than feeling healthier, I sure saved a lot of money as a student.

  11. Fiji Unlimited on October 8, 2021 at 9:19 am

    Dr. Longhi said 12 hour fasting is better and no coffee during that time.

  12. Berenice Covos on October 8, 2021 at 9:19 am

    And… what were the strategies?

  13. MrLbkpeter on October 8, 2021 at 9:20 am

    I don’t look my age🤗

  14. Vikki Hogg on October 8, 2021 at 9:20 am

    Intermittent fasting has been One of the best things I ever started …. The benefits are 100% real

  15. Mark Burrows on October 8, 2021 at 9:21 am

    Does the fiber orange mix, says 20 calories, trigger the body to go back to regular? I use one tablespoon in the morning.

  16. 10sjunkie1 on October 8, 2021 at 9:22 am

    I’ve tried IF and felt horrible. I’m use to eating almost as soon as I wake. I’m not diabetic, never have been. I get the shakes if I wait til 10AM to eat. And I’m WFPB.

  17. Maik M on October 8, 2021 at 9:23 am

    If only people would make a distinction between the sort of carbs. I eat pasta, brown rice, bulgur, couscous etc etc and feeling great in combination with IF. not feeling hangry, great energy levels, no inflammation. Do what makes you feel good

  18. Christine Trimpe on October 8, 2021 at 9:24 am

    Cynthia, this is amazing! Thanks for sharing the truth and reaching so many lives!

  19. Hannah Alexander on October 8, 2021 at 9:24 am

    A couple years ago I went from 245 lbs to 180 lbs in just 3 months. I never felt better about myself but now I have to get back in the routine.

  20. nathaniel mungofa on October 8, 2021 at 9:24 am

    Well spoken, articulated and made easy to understand. Thank you.

  21. hopyangmunggo717 on October 8, 2021 at 9:35 am

    Ang likot nya. lakad ng lakad. 🙂

  22. Kenneth W on October 8, 2021 at 9:37 am

    I will attest to the power of intermittent fasting. I started it 9 months ago. Since then, I have lost about 100 pounds and never deal with hunger pangs anymore.

    One thing I found very useful: GO SLOW. If fasting 16 hours per day sounds crazy, don’t do it. Find a number that seems manageable and start there. Then gradually increase in a comfortable manner.

    Intermittent fasting is actually more the norm historically compared to typical eating patterns in modern society. Before the refrigerator was invented and the proliferation of packaged convenience foods, we did not have the ability to store foods like we do today. Thus, we humans pretty much just ate food as available which generally lent itself to one meal per day. And so, diseases like hypertension, diabetes and various cancers were quite uncommon. Quite a contrast to how things are today.

  23. Sale dakata on October 8, 2021 at 9:38 am

    Stop believing What the doctors says that there’s no cure for diabetes, I was recently cured of my Type 2 Diabetes disease with the herbs medication I ordered from Dr Igudia on his YouTube channel

  24. MrLbkpeter on October 8, 2021 at 9:40 am

    You produce growth hormones that’s the clean up crew for your body!

  25. Hipolito Manny on October 8, 2021 at 9:40 am

    Hello well , i was in diet all my life , trying to figure a answer to my weight problems until I found a real answer related with Intermittent fasting , so i start to doing one year ago, i did 16 8 with lots of benefits, but actually I wanted more Cause I wanted lost my last 20 pounds , so after a couple of months I gotta , i started weighting 186 pounds , so today I weighting 168 thanks to OMAD , this is Great , I’m 50 years old married to a 13 years younger woman than me , so i feel 👍.

  26. Sathish Kumar D on October 8, 2021 at 9:41 am

    We Indians do this from beginning

  27. Dilip Kumar on October 8, 2021 at 9:42 am

    i have gastric problem
    sometimes if I skip meal my stomach will feel like explored and also cause pain
    however, can i do this interminnent fasting with these problem?

  28. Hennessey The Chief on October 8, 2021 at 9:42 am

    Been doing this since July has helped so much. I fast until the evening every day. And I don’t eat after 1am

  29. wheelie on October 8, 2021 at 9:43 am

    I started a week ago and look at me now 😊

  30. JustJamaal ThePoet on October 8, 2021 at 9:43 am

    But what about children (especially toddlers and infants) who seem to want to eat all the time? How do we know we are not teaching them to eat all day long? I have 2 in the age category I mentioned, they are very healthy and very active, but want food every 1.5hrs….

  31. Catherine Hughes on October 8, 2021 at 9:44 am

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

  32. Simp4DLemon on October 8, 2021 at 9:45 am

    Has anyone ever fasted and taken psilocybin? Asking for a friend

  33. Myma makes only bad videos on October 8, 2021 at 9:45 am

    When I was hospitalized for intermittent fasting, they called it something different

  34. Music My Life on October 8, 2021 at 9:46 am

    We Indians have Ekadashi fast and other Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday Fast rituals for ages. Western people just give it a fancy name of ‘Intermittent Fasting’ and suddenly everyone is going gaga over. 😌

  35. Galaxia X on October 8, 2021 at 9:49 am

    China flu only affects overweight people

  36. Sai Pruthvi on October 8, 2021 at 9:50 am

    skipping breakfast is making me crave a lot and I am eating a lot for my lunch

  37. MrLbkpeter on October 8, 2021 at 9:51 am

    The best way to get healthy! Burned 53 lbs feel 25 years younger,my psoriasis is about gone a little on my knee, 48 hour fast got rid of my eye floaters! I can’t put into words how great this and it is easy after about a week! IT FREE I save big money not eating endlessly! My new retirement fund saving account funded by my lunch money $100 a week, do the math, paying myself to stay healthy! Brilliant

  38. Nick Markovic on October 8, 2021 at 9:53 am

    Wow incredible speech. She looks sooo healthy and vibrant.

  39. Leni Ramirez on October 8, 2021 at 9:53 am

    the content is ok but she moves a lot… quite distracting!

  40. Darrell from Ohio on October 8, 2021 at 9:54 am

    Yep, better for your teeth too. Less food for bacteria.

  41. Sara L on October 8, 2021 at 9:54 am

    How about those that eat a lot but never gain weight?

  42. Ruth A on October 8, 2021 at 9:57 am

    I’ve wanted to lose weight for the longest time and about 2 years ago I tried intermittent fasting and it was the first time I EVER lost weight in my life. Since the beginning of 2020 I’ve just been gaining weight and I’m ready to get back into it.

  43. Gautam Cuncoliencar on October 8, 2021 at 9:58 am

    I was fit, this lockdown spoiled me

  44. Habiba Mim on October 8, 2021 at 10:00 am

    I am trying to do intermediate fasting for 16-8 hours…my question is can I continue this daily??or do I need to do this twice or thrice a week??

  45. Melanie Bunstine on October 8, 2021 at 10:01 am

    Good info. Very poor delivery.

  46. Julie Pope on October 8, 2021 at 10:02 am

    There is also data suggesting IF for women in there reproductive years is harmful to hormone balance, and may assist in PMS and PCOS. Caffeine on an empty stomach was not advised. I’m team breakfast and have lots of energy, stable blood sugar and solved lots of my endocrine woes this way. People are different with different needs but if IF isn’t for you, you are not broken!!

  47. Shir on October 8, 2021 at 10:02 am

    Muslims fast one month of the year during Ramadan month from sunrise to sunset. Also by following the lifestyle of prophet Muhammad they are encouraged to fast 2 days of the week ..Monday and Thursday. So many Muslims have been doing this for hundreds of years until today.

  48. V S on October 8, 2021 at 10:03 am

    We are doing this thing from years in Yoga but didn’t knew it will end up being "Intermidiet Fasting".

  49. Zachary Keller on October 8, 2021 at 10:03 am

    Fast? Yes! Meat? No!

  50. Javier Bonilla on October 8, 2021 at 10:03 am

    If I burn 2500 calories a day (including exercise) and I eat 3000 every day but I eat them all in one sitting at 6.00 p.m. every day, without eating anything else nor drinking anything but water, question, will I loose weight thanks to this form of fasting?