Intermittent fasting - limiting the hours when you eat each day - is not a new food fad but we warn against embracing a “one-size-fits-all" approach because all of us have different nutritional needs.
The principle here is sound, limiting food intake to about 8 hours a day, for instance between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., and fasting the other 16, but it will take trial and error and constant adjustment to arrive at what works best for you. Also, we’ve found, our timing changes with the seasons.
SOME OF THE BENEFITS:
- Can help you lose weight and belly fat.
- Can Reduce Insulin Resistance, Lowering Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
- Can Reduce Oxidative Stress and Inflammation in The Body
- May be Beneficial For Heart Health
- May Help Prevent Cancer
- May Help Prevent Alzheimer's Disease
- May Extend Your Lifespan, Helping You Live Longer
You will want to experiment to learn your body’s natural rhythms. Everyone has a unique metabolism so find what timing works best for you. Obviously, it’s not healthy to eat late at night so you might want to start your calculations with a cut off time and work backwards. For instance, you might decide to stop eating by 7 p.m. If you began your intermittent fasting with a 10-hour window, this would mean you could eat breakfast at 9 a.m. After you got comfortable with this routine, you might try narrowing your eating window down to 8 hours, which could mean a period from 11 to 7.
We often fast on water one day a week and undertake a longer fast - three or four days with specific supplementation - timed with the changing of the seasons. There is abundant documentation of the incredible value of well designed fasting programs but it’s possible to create problems if you don’t have professional support.
This is one thing you do want to consult your health professionals support team about.