Intermittent Fasting, what is it? It’s very important to understand It doesn’t change what you eat, it changes when you eat. Intermittent Fasting is the art of controlling your eating between the space of 8 hours each day. That’s it in a nutshell, In this how to Intermittent fasting, i’m going to discuss how it works and the benefits of doing it.
Intermittent Fasting is a pattern of eating that’s been around for as long as we have. Dating back to caveman times. It changes your body’s functions to utilise the nutrients it receives. Not eating for a prolonged amount of time forces your body to make the most out of the food it receives when you eat next. Increasing nutrient absorption and protein synthesis.
For day to day intermittent fasting, you have an 8 hour window in which to consume all of your calories, for the rest of the time you are to have 0 calories. Don’t worry though, you can drink water all day and coffee in the mornings (no more than 2 cups though). If you get up at around 7 or 8am, I would advise your 8 hour window be 12-8pm, In this window, i’d advise you have 2-3 meals. Have your first meal at 12 consuming around 700 calories, if you want 3 meals, make your second one a light snack or protein shake. Have your final meal as late as possible, this one is to be your big meal (around 1100 calories). It will provided you with the sustenance to see you through till the next day.
Just as a bit of a heads up, for the first 2 days you will feel incredibly hungry and possibly dizzy on the build up to your first feed. Don’t be alarmed, this is natural, you’re not going to die. By the third day, your body will have begun to adapt and you will no longer feel hungry.
Your day becomes simpler, you now only need to plan for 2 or 3 meals a day as opposed to the 5 or 6 you may have been eating prior.
It’s much easier than dieting as you don’t have to be as fully committed to eating certain types of food. Of course eating clean will still be beneficial whilst intermittent fasting but it’s not necessary to be as conscious about eating the right thing all the time.
It my let you live longer, this study from 1945 proves a correlation with the lifespan of a rat regarding intermittent fasting. It turns out when you are starving, your body finds a way to extend your life. Taking advantage of this through intermittent fasting not only allows your body to activate these mechanisms but also allows you to not starve, a win win.
This study showed that intermittent fasting may help prevent side effects in chemotherapy. It’s not a full on cure for cancer, but it has been shown that it can aid in the prevention of it.
Give it a go today!!! What experiences have you had with intermittent fasting?