Intermittent fasting: Introduction
Intermittent fasting has been around for a while now but recently it has been gaining a lot of attention worldwide. As a matter of fact, if you search the internet for the best ways to lose weight you’ll probably see a good number of videos and articles about intermittent fasting. There are a lot of people that have testified that this is by far the easiest thing that they have done when it comes to achieving significant weight loss results. This is because with this program they can actually eat whatever they want as long as they consume their meals following a strict schedule.
So what exactly is Intermittent fasting and why are a lot of people getting into it?
Intermittent fasting is based primarily on a study about caloric restriction. According to this scientific research, mice and even monkeys live longer and avoid diseases when their meals are restricted to certain times of the day. While still not conclusively proven to work for humans some doctors are already supporting this idea. There is also a group of people who are doing this as a lifestyle in the hopes that they can live well beyond 100 years old.
So how is intermittent fasting different to your regular diet program?
Regular diet programs usually circle around counting calories and telling you what foods to eat and to avoid. Intermittent fasting, on the other hand, relies strictly on a strict 8 hour or less schedule that you should follow on a day to day basis.
What this means is that in the 24 hours that you have in a day you only have a window time of 8 hours or less when you can allow yourself to eat whatever you want. You’re only supposed to have water outside those scheduled hours and you have to stick with this routine every day. Your body will then eventually get used to a feasting phase and a fasting phase. According to the supporters of this program, this is actually natural and healthy us. Our ancestors, after all, did not eat three times a day as they needed to hunt or gather food first so our body was meant to skip a few meals.
Will it work for you?
As earlier mentioned the best thing about intermittent fasting is that you can eat whatever you want. You don’t have to become vegan or go to the other end of the spectrum and eat nothing but meat.
Scheduling your meals in an 8-hour window can definitely restrict your calories significant enough to make you lose weight. You can still eat sweets, some carbs or whatever you fancy, so this will not be a difficult weight loss program to follow.
You have to remember though that since you only have a few hours to consume something, you should get as much nutrition as possible and not fill yourself with junk food. Amazingly, even with this type of caloric restriction program, you will find the energy to exercise and do weight training or even cardio. In fact, there are some bodybuilders who have adapted to the intermittent fasting lifestyle.