Do you often feel hungry throughout most of the day and find yourself consistently over snacking? Or are you feed up with the hassle of having to bring several prepared meals to work everyday? If you answered ‘yes’ to both of these questions then intermittent fasting could be the answer to your problems.
Intermittent fasting (IF) is simply switching between periods of eating and non-eating. The most popular form of IF is the shorter daily fast where fasting lasts for 16 hours a day, leaving an 8 hour feeding window. As an example, someone will have their last meal at 7 p.m. and will not have their next meal until 11 a.m. the next morning. This leaves an 8-hour feeding window, which the person is free to eat whatever they want as long as it is within their dietary needs.
So, why would anyone want to fast for 16 hours a day? Well, the health benefits that are associated with intermittent fasting are incredible. Here are a few listed below:
- Reduced risk of cancer
- Increased mental clarity and concentration during fasted state
- Reducing blood glucose and insulin levels
- Preserves lean muscle tissue
Intermittent fasting is something everyone should try for at least a week to see if it right for him or her or not. It is an easy way to keep your metabolism running efficiently and reduce the burden of constantly having to cook and plan several meals throughout the day. The best part about the IF is that it is an extremely flexible program because you are able to set your own fasting hours and have the ability to change it daily as long as your fast lasts for 16 hours.
So go ahead and give it a try! It could be something that changes your life.