It is a very popular subject in the health and fitness industry nowadays.
Everybody is doing the new diet: `intermittent fasting`…
I’m sure you all know that breakfast meant breaking the fast in the ancient times.
This is usually after 8-12 hours of the last meal, however if we’re going back to the Paleolithic times when people were hunters and gatherers and there was no guaranteed food in every 3-4 hours. Our ancestors had their meals irregular times and often only had one meal a day, usually after a successful hunt. This is now called `Warrior Diet` with 16-20 hours of fasting and 1 or 2 meals a day.
Where I’m trying to get is that as humans we’re not designed to eat in every 3-4 hours.
My take on fasting is you need to do whatever feels good for you, in other words if you like having breakfast (like myself) then don’t skip breakfast. You may be better off skipping an evening meal once in a week for example. Other people may feel more comfortable with skipping breakfast completely and that is ok.
Ideally I follow time restricted eating which means having all my meals in 8-10 hours window and fast until next day. This is considered a 16:8 diet. (16 hours of fast and 8 hours eating).
Of course I cannot always follow this as my days are not always the same and tend to enjoy food as a social kind of thing.
What really works however is that skipping a breakfast or dinner once a week and fast for almost 18-20 hours. I like to listen to my body, however I need to be careful because sometimes my body is telling me I need food but what I need really is more water for example. This week, when I skipped dinner I only felt hunger for 1 hour and after it’s gone.
You can trick your brain too like washing your teeth early and have only water after that.
Another thing is when you fast for a short period of time you only supposed to have water, otherwise your digestive enzymes start to kick in. I tend to avoid coffees and herbal teas too.
Few benefits of fasting:
– It supports weight loss
– Speeds up metabolism
– Regulates the hormones in the body and improves hunger
– More consistency in eating
– Clears the skin
– Improves cognitive function
I recommend starting slowly and not making radical changes. If you’re on a normal diet it maybe harder for you to get through the first few hours of fasting as opposed to someone who follows a low-carb diet. It definitely worth trying it to gain all that clarity and get to know your body better.
Talk to you next time.