Intermittent fasting is an effective way to achieve your fitness goals while improving your overall health.
The 16/8 Method
The most popular form of intermittent fasting is known as the 16/8 method and is basic enough for anyone to try and succeed at!
Here is the 16/8 method: Establish an 8 hour window in your day to eat.
In other words, you are technically fasting for 16 hours every day, and restricting your eating to an 8-hour eating window (16/8).
No food is allowed during the fasting period, but you can drink water, coffee, tea and other non-caloric beverages.
Some forms of intermittent fasting allow small amounts of low-calorie food during the fasting period.
I typically eat fruit / drink fruit smoothies in the morning before my eating window begins for more morning energy and to help with any hunger pains.
(coming soon!) The benefits of fruit until noon
Rated ‘easy’ on the difficulty scale
Despite what some may think, intermittent fasting is actually fairly easy to do.
Hunger is usually not that big of an issue during the 16/8 method, although it can be an adjustment in the beginning, while your body is getting used to not eating for extended periods of time.
Benefits of Intermittent Fasting
The benefits of intermittent fasting include: weight loss, weight gain, protection against chronic disease, improved brain function, and increased longevity.
And majority of people report feeling better and having more energy during a fast – so it’s all good news!
What I’ve learned through experience…
This is my current intermittment fasting schedule…
It’s based on my own experience / what works for me after trial and error.
- 10am – 8pm : put on weight
- 12pm – 8pm : maintain current weight
- 2pm – 8pm : loose weight
When I am trying to get my weight up…
My eating window is 10am – 8pm.
10 hour eating window
When I’m looking to maintain my weight…
My eating window is 12pm – 8pm.
8 hour eating window
When my goal is to cut and burn some fat…
My go-to is a 2pm – 8pm eating window.
6 hour eating window
Simple as that!
Happy eating ♡
PS. – remember to eat your fruits and vegetables! A healthy diet is key to feeling better. Intermittent fasting simply supports you in meeting your goals.
I personally follow a plant-based diet with the intention of keeping the food I eat minimally processed with as few ingredients as possible.
Of course with an occasional dairy-free ice cream pint (-: