So if you’re into health and fitness or just spend enough time on social media, you’ve probably heard about intermittent fasting. Whether you’ve read that it’ll make you a skinny legend, it’s your key to the fountain of youth, or that it will cure you of all diseases, there’s a lot of info out there.
I am by no means a medical professional but I do have experience with intermittent fasting and know enough to drop some facts on y’all.
So let’s start with the basics. Intermittent fasting is a way of eating in which you cycle between periods of eating and fasting. I want to make it very clear that this does not mean you are eating less, it just means that you are eating in a shorter window of time. Instead of thinking of it as a diet, which it really isn’t, think of it as an eating pattern.
Common intermittent fasting methods include fasting for around 16 hours daily or fasting for 24 hours two times per week.
Fasting has been around for centuries and sometimes can feel more natural than eating 3 or more meals daily, especially on days when you’re sick or your digestion isn’t feeling too hot.
I personally fast for 14 hours daily and that makes me feel my best. I typically finish eating dinner around 5:30 PM and then eat breakfast around 7:30 AM; I’m not suuuuuper strict about it. I find that this is the best thing for my digestion because it gets a nice break. It also makes my life a lot simpler. Eating three large meals a day makes it super easy for me to stay full and go about my day.
Digesting food takes up so much energy from your body and I think that it’s very beneficial for our bodies to get a break.
If you have a past with eating disorders or are not in the mental state to do this a healthy way, I would avoid intermittent fasting for now. It can also be hard to fast if you are dealing with candida, yeast overgrowth, parasites, or eat a lot of addicting processed foods.
With that being said, intermittent fasting is not for everyone (obviously) and women should be more cautious since our hormones are so sensitive!
Like I mentioned before, intermittent fasting is not a way to eat less calories but just an eating pattern. I don’t intermittent fast to lose weight, I do it because it makes me feel good. Sure weight maintenance is a plus, but it’s really not about that. I always make sure I’m eating enough delicious and nutritious foods and never feel hungry!