A Beginner's Guide To Intermittent Fasting
Updated: May 31, 2019
Have you ever wondered or heard about intermittent fasting? With so many different diet fads out there, it can be hard to keep track of what is what! Luckily, this is not necessarily a diet fad! You don't have to change your diet, or take weird supplements! All you have to change is the time that you consume the food.
What is Intermittent Fasting?
Intermittent Fasting is exactly what is sounds like! It is an eating pattern that consists of cycling between periods of eating and fasting. Specifically, I am here to talk to you about the 16/8 method. This is where you fast for 16 hours and eat between an 8 hour window.
This method is my favorite because it is easy to adapt and fit each individual's life style. For example, I start my eating at 11am and stop consuming foods at 7p.m. You can however, drink coffee or tea in the morning as long as it does not contain calories. This means that your coffee must be black.
Why do it?
Intermittent fasting has a ton of health benefits.
It helps with weight loss.
It is an effective way to help restrict the calories that you consume and helps the body burn fat. By not allowing yourself to indulge in midnight snacks, you cut out a lot of unnecessary calories.
It also helps regulate hormones. It lowers insulin levels, which allows fat cells to release their stored sugar to be used as energy. Thus burning fat.
It also raises Human Growth Hormone which promotes fat burning and preserves muscle mass.
It increases Nor-epinephrine which tells body's fat cells to release fatty acids.
Intermittent Fasting also boosts your metabolism. It can boost it up to 14%! Your metabolism increases due to a rise in nor-epinephrine which promote the fat burning.
If you are looking to try out intermittent fasting, here are some helpful tips that will help you adjust to the 16 hour fasting period!
1) Drink lots of water. It helps with hunger and bowel movements.
2) Make sure the meals you are eating are nutritious so that you don't go into a caloric deficit. Just because you are eating for a less amount of time during the day, does not mean that you can eat as much as you can or as bad as you can within that 8 hour window.
3) Like I mentioned before, you can still have your morning tea or coffee. Non caloric drinks are ok to consume during the fasting period.
If you have anymore questions pertaining to intermittent fasting, do not hesitate to comment. I will answer all of them to the best of my ability.
I fully promote and stand behind this practice, and I believe that it is helpful to continue for the rest of your life. Happy Fasting!