Intermittent Fasting: Transformational Technique | Cynthia Thurlow | TEDxGreenville

  • Published: 15 May 2019
  • 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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  • Montse Treserra
    Montse Treserra  9 hours back

    Started this Nov 19. Weight 159 pounds. I'll keep everyone updated.

    • clit licker
      clit licker  15 hours back

      so HOT‼️😍

      • Richard Russell
        Richard Russell  20 hours back

        16‘And when ye may fast, be ye not as the hypocrites, of sour countenances, for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear to men fasting; verily I say to you, that they have their reward. 17‘But thou, fasting, anoint thy head, and wash thy face, 18that thou mayest not appear to men fasting, but to thy Father who [is] in secret, and thy Father, who is seeing in secret, shall reward thee manifestly. From Matthew 6. Scriptures say that women are not allowed to teach nor usurp authority over men.

        • L G
          L G  1 days back

          I was to busy reading the comments l missed most of the talk lol 🇦🇺

        • Phyllis Kasper
          Phyllis Kasper  2 days back

          HAHAA Breakfast does not help me. If I eat too early, I get cramps and feel compelled to nibble all day.

          • Enrique Yervez
            Enrique Yervez  2 days back

            I've lost 10kg in 2 months with doing 16-8 intermittent fasting. Now I'm trying 18-6 :). Wish me luck!

            • Frederick Grant
              Frederick Grant  3 days back

              I have been on IF for 2 years now. Feeling better than ever ! I weigh now what I used to weigh when I was 22! Definitely found the fountain of youth and the secret to increased longevity! ❤️🙏

              • Sanja Sanjic
                Sanja Sanjic  3 days back

                Great Video clip! Sorry for butting in, I would love your initial thoughts. Have you heard about - Dinanlinson Amazing Look Approach (should be on google have a look)? It is a smashing one off product for learning how to quickly lose weight without the normal expense. Ive heard some amazing things about it and my old buddy Taylor at last got cool success with it.

                • jlee7351
                  jlee7351  3 days back

                  Ive been saying this to my parents and friends for years, thank you someone who understands me

                  • Pauly Flyer
                    Pauly Flyer  3 days back

                    I'm sure could lose 20 lbs just spending 2 weeks with her...

                    • Neponset River
                      Neponset River  3 days back

                      She looks scrawny.

                      • griff
                        griff  3 days back

                        Hey, I'm from Greenville SC

                        • Kate Ch
                          Kate Ch  4 days back

                          Break fast - breakfast
                          How to live with that???

                          • Lulu Dahliah
                            Lulu Dahliah  4 days back

                            Intermittent fasting changed my life. It regulates weight like crazy.

                            • mike fox
                              mike fox  4 days back

                              Sad that skipping one lousy meal is so hard for people

                              • Derek Parker
                                Derek Parker  4 days back

                                I’ve lost 11kg in two months intermittent fasting. I haven’t noticed real hunger it’s been easy, very easy.

                                • SHARON KADIR
                                  SHARON KADIR  2 days back

                                  What else did you do?? Like did you workout? Did you reduce carbs etc?

                              • Kenn Daily
                                Kenn Daily  4 days back

                                What if I told you never to begin a speech with "what if I told you"?

                                • Him Bike
                                  Him Bike  5 days back

                                  I skipped breakfast and junk food for 33days
                                  Lost 26 lbs

                                  • Aleksandar Miletic
                                    Aleksandar Miletic  5 days back

                                    Lovely Video clip! Excuse me for the intrusion, I would love your initial thoughts. Have you researched - Dinanlinson Amazing Look Approach (do a search on google)? It is a great exclusive guide for learning how to quickly lose weight minus the headache. Ive heard some unbelievable things about it and my GF after many years got excellent success with it.

                                    • ozayevable
                                      ozayevable  6 days back

                                      she keeps saying "hangry" and it makes me cringe.

                                    • MrZeddy100
                                      MrZeddy100  7 days back

                                      Great vid! One tiny piece of's "ANGRY" not HANGRY"

                                      • Pat Turonie
                                        Pat Turonie  4 days back

                                        Hangry is when you are hungry and it makes you short tempered and cranky. Hungry+ angry= hangry.

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                                      • Mandy Madsen
                                        Mandy Madsen  7 days back

                                        Those of you who workout in the morning, do you find it is hard to have the energy required to give it your all while fasting? How do you overcome this?

                                        • sema navidi
                                          sema navidi  7 days back

                                          Health care professionals don’t say eat all day long, get your facts right. What you’re talking about is old news.

                                          • pmgmail
                                            pmgmail  1 weeks back

                                            Wow, what amazing information, if you haven't had your head in the clouds for the last few years.

                                            There's been many Doctors and Professors researching and talking about this online a long time. I think anyone out there thinking of doing IF or Time Restricted Eating which is what she really means should be aware of possible Gallstones formation. Due your due diligence...

                                            • Cheryl Dundon
                                              Cheryl Dundon  1 weeks back

                                              why wouldn't the fasting work if you have Heart Disease?

                                              • Endong
                                                Endong  1 weeks back

                                                obesity is insulin resistance. Insulin resistance leads to diabetes. Diabetes leads to heart disease or stroke. Cut-off obesity, you cut-off chronic diseases. Fasting, regular exercise, keep stress at a manageable level (if not totally eradicate), grow wisdom, LOVE yourself and others, keep a cheerful mood at all times = LONGEVITY

                                                • utkarsh singh
                                                  utkarsh singh  1 weeks back

                                                  6:28 start

                                                  • EyeKnowThatEyeKnowNothing Plato

                                                    great ! she is recommending mercury, antibiotics, puss, animal hormones and i will leave it and this video on that.

                                                    • David Caballero
                                                      David Caballero  1 weeks back

                                                      Stop coffee sugar and alcohol completely is key for success

                                                      • Megan Sommer
                                                        Megan Sommer  1 weeks back

                                                        What exactly is a "functional nutritionist"?...sounds like something that not a nutritionist would say.

                                                        • pierre martinetto
                                                          pierre martinetto  1 weeks back

                                                          thanks, great talk

                                                          • Affluent Ishmael
                                                            Affluent Ishmael  1 weeks back

                                                            Take note the plain coffee or tea should be had without cream or sweetener...

                                                            • reszy jay
                                                              reszy jay  1 weeks back

                                                              Affluent Ishmael That’s what plain means. 🤦🏻‍♂️

                                                          • scorpiomaj27
                                                            scorpiomaj27  2 weeks back

                                                            Maybe it's just me, but I don't know how starting off at 12 hours is even a thing - you basically stop eating after dinner and sleep for 9 hours. I did about 17/7 for several months with reduced carbs (about half of my old habit, which was a lot) and went from 230 lbs to 202 lbs. This is working from home at a desk, which almost zero exercise besides pickup up my 2 year old.

                                                            • Buda Bunda
                                                              Buda Bunda  2 weeks back

                                                              She has a nice voice

                                                              • wltourville
                                                                wltourville  2 weeks back

                                                                Stand still. You’re making me dizzy!

                                                              • shubhu sharmaji
                                                                shubhu sharmaji  2 weeks back

                                                                Can we take milk or fruit juice in fasting time

                                                                • Programme021
                                                                  Programme021  7 days back

                                                                  Preferably no. But it's all a matter of adapting fasting to your needs, strengths and motivations. Some people (like I) don't even drink water when fasting. But it doesn't mean that anybody should do it, if it works best for me it won't necessarily work best for you.
                                                                  I would say that if taking a glass of juice or milk allow you to skip a meal that you wouldn't have skipped otherwise because of fear, fatigue or whatever other reason, go for it.
                                                                  You can do it, anyone can fast, just find the right intensity of it that is right for YOU, and then move the cursor when you feel more adapted and comfortable with it ;) It's such a powerful tool for health.

                                                              • Leele Birdsong
                                                                Leele Birdsong  2 weeks back

                                                                @943: I don’t do intermittent fasting, I was in the hospital for 3wks. I just recommend it. WHAT ?

                                                                • IW Nunn
                                                                  IW Nunn  2 weeks back

                                                                  I say skip dinner or eat it before 4pm

                                                                  • Aron Tesfay
                                                                    Aron Tesfay  2 weeks back

                                                                    She claims that intermittent fasting slows down aging and at the same time claims that it increases growth hormone production, which is one of the most significant accelerators of aging. That seems contradictory

                                                                    • Marquise De Tassony
                                                                      Marquise De Tassony  2 weeks back

                                                                      The first day I didn't make it, the second day I've fasted 12 hrs, the next week 16:8. My maximum fasting period in the last 2 months are 19,2 hours. I don't have stomach ache anymore, my body is more toned. I've quitted white sugar more than 5 years ago but I still drink small quantities of wine or beer when I eat usually.

                                                                      • Art G
                                                                        Art G  2 weeks back

                                                                        What if I told you ( wink wink) you can not skip breakfast no matter how hard you try :-) !? Breakfast is the first meal of the day/after you wake up, even if you take it at 19:00.
                                                                        You could reduce this talk to 3 min.
                                                                        And why always women!?
                                                                        What, men have different digestive system?
                                                                        Seriously, she thinks what she preaches does not apply to men?
                                                                        Do we have to be sexist in 2019?
                                                                        P.S. What's with tea and coffee nonsense?

                                                                        • Randy Petten
                                                                          Randy Petten  2 weeks back

                                                                          She has the hiccups like she just scarfed down a meal after fasting

                                                                          • simocasa34
                                                                            simocasa34  2 weeks back

                                                                            As summary, Intermittent Fasting is: Stop eating at 8pm and skip breakfast. Start eating healthy at 12:00PM.

                                                                            She forgot to mention that You are fasting while you sleep, so it is really only eight waking hours you have to be concerned about.

                                                                            Yes, intermittent fasting works while dry Fasting (the Islamic way) works much better, but you have to nourish your bodies with real food, not junk food and sugar.

                                                                            • Terry Walters
                                                                              Terry Walters  2 weeks back

                                                                              She is wrong about the tea or coffee not breaking your fast.... Listen to dr. Rhonda Patrick she is the leader on this topic and many more...

                                                                              • First Name Last Name
                                                                                First Name Last Name  2 weeks back

                                                                                I love how my lifestyle is now "in" during 2019. Minimalism and fasting lol.

                                                                                • Abundant Grace Counseling Center

                                                                                  Thank you for your wonderful presentation. I am so glad I've discovered intermittent fasting. I'm 71 and looking forward to many healthy years in the future.

                                                                                  • LALA LUNA
                                                                                    LALA LUNA  2 weeks back

                                                                                    I believed her. Look at her body😂