If you could lose weight without having to change your current diet but you just have to restrict your daily eating window to 6-8 hours, would you do it?
It’s an eating protocol in which you don’t consume food or calories for 16 hours then you break your fast with an eating window that lasts for 8 hours.
So let’s say you break your fast and eat lunch at 1pm, your eating window will end at 8pm.
Then you don’t eat anything until 1pm again the next day.
Fast for 16 hours, eat for 8.
Also known as “16:8” among the fasting community.
You’ll still consume the same amount of food that you currently do but just in a shorter eating window.
So you’re not changing your diet at all.
Just the time that you’re eating.
This is called intermittent fasting.
Or IF for short.
And the benefits are HUGE.
The most obvious one is weight loss and is likely the main reason why a lot of people try intermittent fasting.
It’s great for weight loss because glucose and insulin levels are low when you fast for long periods of time.
The body has nowhere to turn to for energy so it’s more likely to use up fat reserves instead.
It’s actually not uncommon for people to lose a few pounds in just a few days with IF.
But fat loss is just one of the many awesome benefits.
There are so many others which contribute to positive overall health that you miss out on by not giving IF a shot:
- Autophagy – the process of cleaning out bad cells and regenerating new ones in the body
- Prevention of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and cancer
- Increased concentration, energy and mental sharpness due to the body not having to digest food all the time
- Increased production of beneficial hormones such as growth hormones
And so much more.
Just do a quick Google search on the benefits of intermittent fasting and you’ll see what I mean.
Countless studies have been done to prove the benefits too.
It’s all backed by science and positive experiences by those who have tried it.
So if you’re willing to give it a shot, here’s a simple starting point.
When you wake up the next day, skip breakfast and eat lunch at 1pm.
You can drink coffee and tea during the fasted state but try to avoid adding creamers, sugar or milk.
We want to keep the body in a fasted state so having lesser calories during the fasted state is preferred.
When it’s 8pm, stop consuming calories and until it’s 1pm again.
Do this right and expect to see progress on the scale within the next few days.