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What is Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent Fasting is not a diet but a dieting pattern.  Basically, you allow yourself a specific eating window for the day where you concern all of your daily calories.  This is usually a six to 10-hour window of eating followed by a larger window of not eating (fasting)

 

There are multiple ways to take advantage of intermittent fasting:

 

The 16/8 protocol

This follows the principle of fasting for 16 hours and then only eating within an eight-hour window.  For example, eating from noon to eight pm and fasting for the rest of the day.  There are others who make the window even shorter, down to four hours.  When the window for eating gets lower, its referred to as “feasting”.

 

24-hour protocol

skipping a whole day of eating.  For example, finishing eating at 8 pm and then not eating again until 8 pm the next day.  So you would eat your normal three meals per day and then occasionally pick a day to skip breakfast and lunch.

 

How it works:

The whole idea behind intermittent fasting is that you usually end up eating less throughout the day.  For example, instead of eating three meals, you’ll eat two.  The thing here is that not all calories are created equal.  Meal timing can play a role in the body differently when fasting.  During the fasted state, your body has no recently consumed meals to use as energy.  This means it is more likely to pull from the fat stored in your body as it’s the only energy source readily available.  The same goes for working out in a fasted state.  Without any readily energy to pull from, your body is forced to pull a source of energy available: the fat stored in your cells

 

Why try intermittent fasting?

 

It simplifies your day.  You don’t have to prepare and pack every single meal.  You are able to skip a meal and not have to worry about eating.  It’s one less decision to make.  Also, it could lead to saving money from buying less food which is always a win.

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