Fasting is not something people generally get excited to hear about. I mean, eating food is one of the greatest pleasures in the world. This is especially true in our current time. The world is connected. Traveling is easier to do than it has ever been. And if you’re American or just a visitor gracing us Americans with your presence for a while, then its hard to go anywhere locally without an overwhelming variety of culturally derived dishes – and if you’re anything like me, you want to try them all!
But too much food is also a huge problem. America is widely regarded as being the “most obese” country in the world (though this is a misconception and actually hasn’t been true for some time). Too much food leads to weight gain and a myriad of other potential health issues. Those who have already put on weight often find it difficult to lose that weight that has accumulated. Intermittent fasting may produce faster weight loss results. If you’re struggling to lose weight then intermittent fasting for weight loss just may be the component of your struggle that’s missing.
What Is Intermittent Fasting?
Intermittent fasting is probably not what you think. You hear ‘fasting’ and most people would derive thoughts of long periods of time without eating.
Fasting in layman’s terms simply means ‘not eating.’ Anytime you’re not actively eating, you would be defined as being in a fast. In addition, most people already “fast” each day – you don’t eat while you sleep!
Intermittent fasting doesn’t necessarily mean going days, or even a single full day, without eating. Rather, it means you pick a small ‘eating window’ of time during the day in which you consume your daily calories entirely.
How Do Eating Windows Work?
An eating window is the time frame during the day you consume all of your needed calories. Then, for the rest of that day, you would ‘fast’ or refrain from consuming calories – nothing but water or other non-calorie containing beverages!
There are countless variations of eating window to fasting window ratios. A great place to start would be the 8 X 16 method. With this method, you would choose an 8-hour window (let’s say 9 am to 5 pm), and then from 5 pm until 8 am the following morning you would refrain from consuming any calories at all – you would fast for this 16 hour time period.
I find this eating window works really well for persons who are just starting out and getting into the swing of the lifestyle. However, as stated above, there are countless variations. You may want to consolidate eating to a four-hour window and fast for 20 hours a day. Or, you may want to increase your eating window to 12 hours and fast for the remaining 12 hours a day.
There are even persons who have a once a week extended fasting period. An example of this would be someone who uses an 8 X 16 (9 – 5) eating window. Let’s say each Thursday, they end their eating window according to schedule (5 pm) and then they fast through Friday and resume their 8 X 16 schedule on Saturday at 9 am – this equates to a 40 hour fasting period once a week.
Is It Safe To Not Eat For So Many Hours Of The Day?
Everybody fasts. We fast during sleep. If we get sick, we generally cut back on or even stop eating while our bodies are healing from the illness. Prior to the recent recorded time, humans would often go extended periods of time between eating – “You better come home with a Mammoth on today’s hunt! The kids are starving!”
Starving yourself to lose weight is going to be a bad decision one hundred percent of the time. But, just because you aren’t eating every 2 hours doesn’t mean you’re starving yourself. You have a caloric need each day. Intermittent fasting doesn’t dictate you eat less. Intermittent fasting dictates taking the calories you eat each day and squeezing all of them into a shorter time period of the day to be consumed.
What Are Other Benefits To Intermittent Fasting?
Intermittent fasting is safe when done correctly and ultimately doesn’t change anything about the things you eat (unless you want it to). Intermittent fasting for weight loss is already very popular and something that tons of people are doing in a healthy fashion with great results.
This post is focused on intermittent fasting for weight loss, but intermittent fasting can be used by people with healthy weights as well. And, these healthy weighted people can also receive some less visible benefits such as cardiometabolic improvements, increases in HGH levels (this stuff keeps you young), and there is also research indicating certain disease prevention from intermittent fasting.
Isn’t it amazing that a common side effect of eating natural and forming healthy habits always seems to be some sort of disease prevention or internal healing? Strange, right?
Is Intermittent Fasting Right For Me?
Intermittent fasting for weight loss is an extremely easy thing to do. A quick google search will reveal tons of persons who already embraced this eating lifestyle habit and many quickly say they actually feel great and have more energy while they’re fasting. Intermittent fasting is taking the world by storm and is a popular concept with loads of research to back up the benefits. Just get on YouTube and you will find a never-ending list of intermittent fasting journey followings and success stories.
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