Talking more about intermittent fasting today. I wrote a little bit about it here in THIS BLOG, and have wanted to explore it a little bit more. As near as I can tell, it’s trending big time right now. Everyone is talking about it, and most of what I’ve heard is positive. This subject can be a sensitive one, because it’s sort of the extreme of what we’ve heard the past ten years or so. That idea was that we need to eat three meals a day and maybe snacks in-between. We were told that this would keep our metabolisms working like they should. Skipping meals would slow them down and our bodies would then store fat.
LEARNING MORE FROM AN EXPERT
I wanted to hear from someone who was an expert, and so I listened to an audible book recently, called FAST FEAST REPEAT. The author is Gin Stephens. She has written several books on health and diet and has been living an intermittent fasting approach since 2014. She has lost and kept off over 80 lbs. She explains things very well and her words are so easy to understand. Basically what she says is that by fasting and eating within a window, our bodies have a chance to get hungry and then will go to our fat stores for energy.
The idea is to simply limit your “eating window” to 12 hours each day (for example, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) 5 days a week. Gradually, over a period of several months, reduce the time window during which you consume each day, with the goal of fasting for 16-18 hours a day.
Intermittent fasting (IF) doesn’t restrict what foods you should eat. You eat what you want and what sounds good, but always best to be conscientious about what. Anyone should want to eat healthy and nutritious foods in order to feel their best. It teaches us when to eat and cycles periods of fasting with normal eating. Intermittent fasting isn’t about what you eat, it’s about when.
THIS IS WHY I LIKE IT
I like this approach because it’s super simple. Eat what you want, but just eat it within your window. It doesn’t require special foods, so you can do this anywhere. Second, I felt so much less inflammation in my body. The New England Journal of Medicine actually identified this as a health benefit. I have felt so much better in the morning when I wake up, than when eating late. My ideal window is from 12:00 – 6:00 or 7:00. Third, there is little to no bloating! And fourth, my digestive system works like clockwork when I eat this way.
IS INTERMITTENT FASTING FOR YOU
Intermittent fasting MAY NOT BE FOR YOU, and I’m only talking from my own experience! As I said in that first blog post HERE, it just seemed to make sense for me. I normally don’t get around to eating before noon anyway, and I’ve never loved eating late in the evening. So I really didn’t need to change much to make this work for me. There is so much more to learn about this way of eating, and I would encourage you to READ THIS BOOK and TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR!
I would love to know your thoughts and what works for you!