WHY INTERMITTENT FASTING?
So you’ve tried it all, diets and eating plans, and some have even given you good results – for long and short periods. The others were too difficult to follow, all the cooking, dishwashing, grocery shopping, ugh, and calorie counting. Only to find out that they taste horrible. And let’s face it, you don’t really want to give up your pizza, wine, and pasta.
You’ve heard about intermittent fasting, your colleague at work swears by it, and you’ve seen all these Instagram models looking like sexy snacks, and now you want to be part of it.
WHAT IS INTERMITTENT FASTING?
Intermittent fasting comes from traditional fasting, which was generally aimed at benefiting physical and spiritual health. Do you know that everyone currently intermittent fasts? It’s as simple as going through long periods without eating, which is what you do while sleeping.
The difference now, is that fast while you are awake. Usually, most people will have their first meal at noon and their final meal at 8 pm. The eating window is thus 8 hours, which means you eat for 8 hours while fasting for 16 hours, this is called the 16/8 method.
This is the easiest option for most people to follow because the rules are simple; eat and drink only within the window. However, outside the window, you may drink non-caloric drinks like coffee, water, and tea.
OTHER TYPES OF INTERMITTENT FASTING.
Intermittent fasting comes in many sizes. The eat-stop-eat method is done like this; fast for 24 hours twice a week, then eat intelligently for the rest of the week. You eat 3 meals a day, when not fasting.
Another favorite is the 5:2 method which is eating your regular caloric intake 5 days a week then limiting yourself to between 600-700 calories on the other 2 days. The selection of fasting days is up to you as long as the 2 days are not consecutive.
THE PROS OF INTERMITTENT FASTING.
- Not everyone eats while they’re hungry and I have been guilty of this too. Snacks are so tempting, but all these calories count. During the fasting stage, you are not eating anything with calories, and if you consume fewer calories, you will see weight and body fat loss.
- For most people, these methods are easy to follow compared to a strict diet. Strict diets can overwhelm a person, and so they give up within a couple of days. Incorporating your current eating plan, while intermittent fasting, is not difficult because you don’t have to change the foods you currently eat, only the times.
THE CONS OF INTERMITTENT FASTING.
- The biggest challenge when intermittent fasting, is social eating. Eating in itself is as much a social activity as it is something you do alone. Every occasion in your life usually involves eating. Whether it be graduations, birthdays, or promotions, hey you even eat at a funeral. If you have restricted eating hours, you either have to skip the occasion, or admit to Aunt Betty why you won’t have any of her homemade cupcakes at your Dad’s 50th birthday.
- Any time you make any change to the timings of your meals it may affect the way you feel, both physically and emotionally. People react strongly to intermittent fasting, especially in the early stages. Some may feel hungry because they’re used to snacking throughout the day. Others may feel tired because of the reduction of calories, which generally gave them the energy to partake in their daily tasks.
With most eating plans, there are benefits and drawbacks. Intermittent fasting is a restricted caloric plan. It tries to get your output higher than your input calorie wise. Everyone has their lifestyle and body types, so a diet that fits everyone does not exist.
I am a fan of intermittent fasting, but only after I had understood what different kinds of foods do to my body. While fasting you still need to choose the healthiest eating options for you. The best diet for you is the one you can do, and fits into your lifestyle. If not you will give up and be on to the next one.