Intermittent fasting can mean different things to different people but in this case I am going to let you in on the most achievable and comfortable method in my opinion, the 16/8 fast. During the 16/8 fast you have an 8 hour window of eating (but this doesn’t mean to go crazy) and during the remaining 16 hours you fast, only drinking water or herbal tea with no sweeteners. Now I know what you’re probably thinking 16 hours without eating??? That’s insane! But relax, those 16 hours of fasting should be split up evenly if possible to half (8) before and the remaining half (8) after your window of eating, and 6 or more should actually be used during sleep. My schedule for example goes like this, from 6am-12pm fasting, drinking water or tea only, from 12pm-8pm I consume 1-2 meals and lots of water, and after 8pm I’m fasting again only drinking water or tea again until noon the next day. So you see the 16/8 method is very simple although it may seem tough starting out. The key is to base the concept around your personal schedule and find out what works best for you.
The concept of intermittent fasting has been around for well over five decades, however it isn’t as popular as I think it should be especially considering the benefits and the logic behind it. But for some reason American society has taught us that we need to eat 3 meals a day (plus snacks), which if you think about it doesn’t really make any sense. Your body doesn’t even have enough time in between meals to fully digest and break down the food. It takes between 6-8 hours for an average meal (protein, grains, and veggies/fruit) to fully digest, from mouth to rectum. So while one meal is just starting the digestion process, here we go piling more and more on top. Our addictions to food on demand, added preservatives, artificial sugars, highly processed foods, and a million other unnecessary chemicals being added to our food are reasons why we all should consider intermittent fasting. Let’s take a minute and think about it, if your bath tub is full do you running the water? Nope! You have to empty or drain it before you can start properly using it again. And the same rules apply for your body, it takes more than just a trip to the bathroom to completely empty or reboot your body’s system. Like everything else that consumes energy, your body also needs a break from working.
5 Benefits of Intermittent Fasting:
- An increase in the growth of new neurons, protecting the brain from damage, also increasing memory skills.
- A major increase of energy because your body is no longer being overworked or weighed down by excessive amounts of food.
- Boosts fat burning and improve metabolic efficiency.
- Helps to improve overall immunity health.
- Lower risks for diseases and even has been linked to reversing diseases such as cancer and type 2 diabetes.