What’s the Skinny On “Intermittent Fasting?”

I want to loose weight but I don’t want to diet.

– Ok

I mean, I just can’t give up the foods I love.

– Say no more, Fam.

Whaa?

– … … …

I know you’ve heard of “Fasting.” Fasting, abstinence from food, drink or both for a prolonged period of time, is a typically used by people preparing for a medical procedure or alternately, for religious purposes. They may fast anywhere from 8 hours up to 72 hours to prepare for certain medical procedures but fasts can last much longer depending on the reason why and will-power of the individual committing to fast.

However, there is another type of dietary fast that’s entering the zeitgeist called “intermittent fasting” or IF and it’s helping people shed weight a lot of weight!

So, what is Intermittent Fasting? Well, it’s where you fast…intermittently. 😂

Let me explain: Typically, we eat 3 meals a day: breakfast, lunch, & dinner. Now throw in a mid morning and afternoon snack – now, that’s 5 instances where we’re taking in calories, often from junk foods. And unless, you’re working out everyday, those calories get stored belly, thighs, and butt. And even if you are working out, if you’re not burning all of them off what’s left are being stored as fat.

Someone who’s engaged in “intermittent fasting” will limit their eating window such that they only consume food during that set period of time. For instance: someone may do a 16/8 split where they fast for 16 hours and give themselves an 8 hour window to eat all the food they plan to eat that day.

Sound scary? Well, it might but your forgetting once crucial piece: you’re sleeping for 6-9 hours of that 16 hour fasting period. So actually, it’s more like fasting for 8 hours and eating during the remaining 8 hours.

Still can’t picture it? No problem.

Let’s say my eating window is 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm. I can eat whatever I’m going to eat: lunch, dinner and a snack during that period of time. I stop eating after 8 pm, go to bed, sleep till 6 AM, get up, go to work and eat lunch at 1 PM, a snack before I workout at 5:00 PM, dinner at 6:30 PM, a snack at 7:30 PM and then I’m back to fasting until 1:00 PM the next day.

That’s it. Not so scary anymore is it?

What happens during this fasting window is that our bodies enter fat burning mode to sustain it because the calories typically available to it are gone.

Also, because we’re eating fewer meals during IF we’re eating less calories. Additionally, IF helps lower insulin levels, a hormone responsible for fat storage, and increase norepinephrine, a fat burning hormone, while simultaneously increasing human growth hormone levels which increases our metabolism and our muscle building potential.

In short, intermittent fasting works on both sides of the weight loss equation.

But weight loss isn’t the only benefit of IF.

Intermittent fasting also initiates cellular repair or “autophagy” in our bodies where old cells are broken down and recycled. Because of this process, cells that might be prone to mutation are destroyed before they can cause trouble.

Healthline has a fantastic article on Intermittent Fasting. Read it here.

The longer the fast, the better the benefits are. Some serious fasters may opt for a 20/4 split or they may do 24/24 splits where they fast for a full 24 hour period and then eat the next day before returning to a fasted state the next day.

If you have a hard time dieting 👋🏼 you should try Intermittent Fasting. You don’t have to give up the foods you love, only your favorite snack times.

Om, Baby! Om.

Joshua T.

Disclaimer: I am not a Nutritionist. Any information contained herein is for entertainment purposes only. Get healthy at your own risk.

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