Intermittent fasting(IF) has become some what of a trend over the past couple of years and I understand why. This trend claims to cause weight loss, improve metabolic health and even extend your lifespan. There are many different types of IF, all of which seem to be very effective. Which one you choose is dependent on your lifestyle and goals. I have been intermittent fasting for about 4 months now, on and off. The method I have been using is the 16/8 method.
How does intermittent fasting work?
Intermittent fasting typically focuses on when to eat not what to eat. The 16/8 method consists of fasting for 14-16 hours and having your “eating window” for 8-10 hours. For example you will eat your first meal at 2pm and finish eating for the day around 10pm. Which seems pretty reasonable but for those days where you are extra hungry when you wake up it can be a bit tricky. This is when your water intake becomes very important as you can fill up with water, coffee, non caloric drinks or bcaa.
What are the benefits of intermittent fasting?
Personally the benefits that I have noticed from IF are convenience, fat loss and less urge to eat more through out the day. I enjoy intermittent fasting as it has become more of a daily routine for me rather then a diet. Intermittent fasting has so many benefits and more and more people are trying it and loving it.
- Aids in weight loss and loss of belly fat
- Promotes cardiovascular health
- Reduces inflammation
- Cognitive enhancer
- Boosts mood and motivation
- Improves sleep
- Heals your gut
- Can prolong your life
Intermittent fasting has so many benefits beyond weight loss. I personally have loved the results and changes I have been noticing. At the end of the day there is not a one size fits all type of nutrition or diet. The best diet for you is the one you can stick to in the long run. The only way to find out if this type of eating method will work for you is to try it out. If you feel good when fasting and find it to be a sustainable way of eating, then it can be a very powerful tool to lose weight and improve your overall health.