INTERMITTENT FASTING – GIVE YOUR BODY A BREAK

Intermittent Fasting made easy

If you’re reading this article, it means that you’ve heard of intermittent fasting and you are looking for information to better understand how it works and if it is something that could benefit you.

Whatever your reason for wanting to try intermittent fasting, rest assured, it is safe and can be part of any diet or eating habit.

Most of us probably do fast intermittently without realizing it, when we skip breakfast for example because we are late for work or other responsibilities.

Note: This article is based on my personal experience and results. If you’re looking for medical advice, I recommend you discuss with your doctor.

What is intermittent fasting?

What is Intermittent Fasting?Intermittent fasting consists of scheduling your daily meals in a way that allows you to eat during a given interval.

You will not be reducing your calories in any way but you will be getting used to eating during shorter time frames.

It’s an effective strategy to get the most out of your meals without changing the types of foods you are eating.

And with time, you will notice that you are slimming down without a restrictive diet or any heavy exercise routine.

How does intermittent fasting work?

Intermittent Fasting Schedule

When considering intermittent fasting, many schedules can be followed.

The most popular are the daily schedule (16 hours fast every day); the once a week schedule (24 hours fast once a week); and the alternate days schedule (24 hours fast every 2 days).

I have been following the daily intermittent fasting, which is the most effective in my opinion.

It consists of a 16 hour fasting interval followed by an 8 hour eating interval.

It doesn’t matter when you start and stop eating, as long as you do it within the allowed eating interval.

I personally stop eating at 8pm and start eating at noon.

This means that I can eat anywhere from noon to 8pm.

You can experiment with different schedules depending on your lifestyle.

If you really can’t function without breakfast, I’d recommend you start eating at 10 am and stop at 6pm.

If you like eating late in the evening, you can try eating at 2pm and stopping at 10pm.

And in no time, this whole fasting will be second nature and you’ll find yourself following it every day.

What are the benefits of intermittent fasting?

#1: The most important benefit is the fat loss.

Intermittent Fasting and Weight LossBut how does this work?

Well, it starts with the foods you’re digesting which can take anywhere from 4 to 5 hours for every meal you consume.

Since your body uses glucose as its main source for energy (using insulin), it starts by burning the glucose from your meals and stocks any excess in the form of fat for later use.

Once the glucose from foods is depleted, your body will start burning fat.

If your meals are rich in carbohydrates, your body will only use the glucose it needs and will stock the rest in fat cells.

Hence, why we gain weight!

So let’s see, the only time during which you are not eating is usually when you are sleeping, anywhere from 7 to 12 hours.

During this time interval, your body is not processing any foods and so there is no additional glucose to burn for energy.

Your body will then turn to stored fat to burn for energy.

Entering the fat burning stage takes time and so the longer the fasting interval, the better the results!

Fasting is the fastest way to enter the fat burning state without exercise or changing the type or the quantity of foods you eat.

#2: Intermittent fasting makes your day simpler and is way easier than dieting.

Health Benefits of Intermittent FastingIf you’ve been contemplating to start a diet but you find it way too daunting in the long term and just not practical, and you’re still looking for a simple way to change your eating habits without feeling stressed, then look no longer because intermittent fasting is here to help you reach your goals.

What’s interesting about intermittent fasting is the fact that it is so easy to implement.

It allows you to decide which meal to skip and helps you manage your other meals around your own particular schedule.

If you’re anything like me; you like cooking and enjoying a nice meal with friends and family, then you understand where I’m coming from.

I enjoy having lunch with co-workers and friends, and having dinner with my family, and so I have no problem skipping breakfast.

I usually grab a coffee or tea and go about my day.

#3: Intermittent fasting may help you live longer and may reduce your risk of getting diseases.

The benefits of Intermittent FastingThere are plenty of studies showing the benefits of fasting in promoting cellular repair; boosting brain function and promoting longevity.

Fasting has been followed for centuries and it is in fact an important part of many religions (i.e. Islam and Judaism).

Your body does cellular repair when you’re sleeping and guess what?! you’re not eating when you’re sleeping!

In fact, it is scientifically proven that some brain cells can only regenerate at night.

So when you fast intermittently, your body focuses on repairing damaged tissue and creating new cells.

And this in turn will help protect you against many diseases such as diabetes, high cholesterol, Alzheimer, etc.

So, you’re really doing your body a favor when you fast for a certain period of time each day since you’re allowing your brain to focus its energy somewhere else other than your stomach.

Does intermittent fasting work with any diet?

Intermittent Fasting and DietingYes, intermittent fasting can work with any type of diet.

Actually, in the Ketogenic diet, it is used to accelerate the process of ketosis and minimize the side effects of the Keto flu.

I have personally done it this way and it made a big difference in my overall performance during the day.

I would have my bullet proof coffee in the morning and fast until 1 pm.

This schedule worked for me as I only had to pack my lunch and a small snack and have dinner with my family.

I stopped eating at 8pm and fasted until 1pm the next day.

Keep in mind that when following a high-fat diet, you don’t feel hungry for hours compared to low-fat diets.

You may need to experiment with different fasting schedules until your body gets used to it.

Is intermittent fasting right for you?

How does intermittent fasting work?Intermittent fasting is safe for most people as long as it is part of a healthy lifestyle.

There are always exceptions to the rule and following your gut feeling is important.

Once you figure out the right pattern for you, you will discover how simple intermittent fasting can be.

At the beginning, you may need to adjust the size of your meals to fit in the calories your body requires.

If you suffer from a chronic illness or have a family history of some kind of illness or disease, please make sure to discuss with your doctor before attempting any type of nutrition changes.

Obviously, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not be restricting their food intake schedule since they provide nutrients to their baby as well as their own body.

Also, anyone diagnosed with diabetes should be cautious when attempting intermittent fasting as it can cause significant fluctuations in blood sugar levels that may be dangerous.

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20 Replies to “INTERMITTENT FASTING – GIVE YOUR BODY A BREAK”

  1. hello I believe this is a disservice to those, like me, with a history of eating disorder. It has actually made experimenting with Intermittent Fasting stressful. also, even with my worry about what might happen, I went ahead and experimented. In my experience, contrary to this, Intermittent Fasting has been one of the most effective intervention I’ve experienced so far.

    1. Hi Benjamin,

      Thank you for your comment. It is truly amazing to hear that you’ve had a great experience trying intermittent fasting even when dealing with an eating disorder. I cannot imagine how hard it must’ve been to have such a relationship with food. I’m glad intermittent fasting gave you positive results and helped you deal with your disorder.

      Please keep in touch as I would like to hear more about your experience 🙂

      Cheers,

  2. Other than dieting, intermittent fasting will be of great help to everyone considering the person’s health conditions. Its true that even unpurposed, we tend to fast intermittent when we skip meals, I do that a lot and I think it’s good for me. The benefits of intermittent fasting are numerous, fat loss will the most targeted because nowadays, that’s what everyone seems to be after.

    1. Hi. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment! Yes, most individuals are searching for ways to lose weight without having to sacrifice their favourite foods and most of them run away from strict diets because of this issue.

      Intermittent fasting is a super easy way to stay healthy and steadily lose weight all while enjoying food you love. No need to suffer to feel good 🙂

      Cheers,

  3. Some interesting facts you have written here concerning intermittent fasting and to say the least, intermittent fasting goes beyond the surface level of trying g to achieve the excellence of just fasting and putting the interval between meals however. These days, with inclusion of some kind of special programsz the fueying can only follow another pattern in the morning. This is great to see here. Thanks

    1. Hi. Thank you for your comment! I’m glad you found this post helpful. Yes, intermittent fasting can definitely be combined with others types of healthy living lifestyle. My experience with it was during the ketogenic diet which I think gave me the best results compared to other diets.

      The ease of getting into a fasting schedule is impressive and really, people run away from diets because they are too strict. 

      Cheers,

  4. It’s been a long time — I think it is time I fasted.

    I had a fairly lengthy experience with intermittent fasting the summer my friend and I built my cabin on Spruce Island (I lived there for the next 20 years.)  We would fast for a full day or sometime two days, every week or two.  It worked really well; we both felt good and found the intermittent fast to be a satisfying addition to our schedule.  

    Now, I think my body could use a break.  Too much junk food; too much sugar.  Let’s clear it all out and see if it’s possible to get back to a healthier overall diet.  I’d forgotten about the fasting we did, and how good I felt afterward.  I think I’ll go for a short fast now and then to see if it might be beneficial.

    1. Hi. Thank you very much for your comment! I am glad you found this post helpful and that you have tried intermittent fasting before and saw results. We, human beings, do have a tendency to overeat and not pay much attention what we put in our bodies especially during stressful periods of time.

      Please keep in touch. I would love to hear about your personal experience once you get back to fasting.

      Cheers,

  5. Thanks for sharing this with us, intermittent fasting is a good way to give your body a breathe break, to let it rest and lose a couple of fat, what we eat and how we schedule the time we eat is very important to determining our body weight, body shape and even our daily productivity. As a mum I find myself eating in the afternoon or a but late after because I need to get things cleared for my family before I face mine. I enjoyed reading through this lovely article.

    1. Hi. Thank you very much for stopping by! I am very glad you found this post helpful. It is important to find the schedule that works best for you and to stick with it. You will notice that it becomes a habit just like any other regular habit and your body will adjust accordingly. The long term benefits are what really matters and just like with every good thing, consistency is what makes it work 🙂

      Take care.

  6. Hi Nadia, 

    I found it is very helpful for me. I am also doing fasting sometime. I am looking some kind of information which will help me to reduce my wait. I got it here. Now I also go with intermittent fasting. And hope I will reduce some weight too. Which fasting is best to reduce the weight in your opinion?

    Thanks

    Parveen

    1. Hi Parveen, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment!

      when it comes to scheduling intermittent fasting, it is really up to you which interval will work better for your lifestyle. Since you mentioned you are looking to lose weight, I would avoid eating late in the evening and stick to the morning schedule from 10am to 6pm. Your body will learn to burn more in the evening as you go to bed and wake up and redo the cycle.

      I hope this works for you and would love to hear about your experience once you’ve tried this schedule 🙂

      Cheers,

  7. Intermittent fasting can really serve as the decider when it comes to having to talk about the possibilities of weight gain or loss. It can really prove pivotal and I must say that all that has been shared here is massive. Since I have started my keto diet, intermittent fasting has been the deciding factor on my fat loss which my keto diet is channeled towards. Good tips you have shared on it.

    1. Hi Benny,

      Thank you for your comment. I have personally seen amazing results in terms of weight loss when I combined the Keto diet and intermittent fasting. I’m glad to hear you had great results too 🙂

      Please keep in touch as I would love to hear about your journey.

      Cheers,

  8. Though the concept of intermittent fasting took a toll on me when I first started sometimes this year but I must confess that it has really changed overtime. This is a very well detailed discussion here and exactly ways that I feel intermittent fasting would come up good for anyone. This is a great post and thanks for sharing here. I will also share to my colleagues and friends. 

    1. Hi Julianne, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment!

      I’m glad you have found this post helpful and I’m super grateful you found it interesting to share with your friends.

      Once your body gets used to a certain schedule, intermittent fasting becomes second nature and with every good thing, benefits happen consistently and in the long term. Keep doing what you’re doing and your body will thank you for it 🙂

      Take care.

  9. Intermittent fasting is becoming more and more popular because of the discovery of its benefits, many people deliberately skip food or set a particular distances time for their meals in order to help with their weight or even for a smooth running day. Instead of dieting that is actually always gotten wrong by people by restricting themselves to not eating some foods, Intermittent fasting will be of benefits.

    1. Hi and thank you for your comment. I totally agree with you! The benefits are what really make intermittent fasting stand out from actual diets. We tend to over eat without realizing it and being able to distance ourselves from food is a challenge.

      I’m glad you found my post helpful 🙂 

  10. Hi Nadia, after reading through this article, intermittent fasting seems like one of the best ways to live a healthy lifestyle without much risk of contacting diseases and of course loose fat too. I have been involved in intermittent fasting unknowingly just as you have said. I find myself skipping either breakfast, launch or dinner most of the time and I must tell you, I don’t easily fall sick, I don’t contact diseases and I am fit practically speaking.

    1. Hi Thank you for your comment! I’m really glad to hear about your experience with Intermittent Fasting. It truly amazes when I hear about positive results from other individuals and it really gives me hope that this could turn into a healthy revolution in the coming years.

      Keep doing what you’re doing as this is exactly the answer to living a balanced and healthy life.

      Cheers,

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