Here’s an interesting thought. It’s new and it’s hot! It’s all over the web, too! Intermittent fasting in order to be healthier. How does it even work? Why is this so hot on the web? There are so many questions that one can have.
Let’s just set some things straight. Intermittent fasting does not condone eating disorders, but rather controlled eating and mindful lifestyle habits. For instance, anorexia is the eating disorder that makes people starve themselves in public and sometimes binge in private. Intermittent fasting is completely different from that. It does not matter whether you are alone or with friends and family, but is just a certain amount of time set aside to drink water and tea in order to reset your metabolism.
One reason that many do not agree with intermittent fasting is the fact that it is different from anything else that has blown up in popularity. For instance, the body building technique to eat every two hours is a completely different idea that was initially born in order to help body builders gain muscle. It was then adopted by the weight loss community, in order to keep the blood sugar up. Well, do you want to have your body constantly in high sugar mode? This can be counterproductive to losing weight and even living healthily. You become a “sugar user” rather than a “fat burner”. You may end up losing weight, but it is only going to happen if you become conscious about what you are consuming, and keeping track of how much.
What have I found to be the most useful time-guidelines for a healthy metabolism? The eight hour rule. This is sort of new to social media, but has been around for quite some time. Taking the eight hour rule seriously means that you will eat two to three healthy and balanced meals in an eight hour period. The rest of the time you should only have plain water or tea, since those don’t raise the blood sugar very high. This gives your body a chance to turn to reserves, rather than sugar, for energy. This means your body will be using protein and fat for a long lasting energy.
The eight hour rule matches intermittent fasting. Well, if you think about it, with the eight hour rule, you will only be eating for eight hours of the day. That means that 16 hours are set aside for fasting, with only plain water or tea. Intermittent fasting is the act of fasting anywhere from 12 to 24 hours, so in a sense you are living with intermittent fasting. Then, every ten to 14 days, you can fast for a complete 24 hours, filling up on plain tea and water, in order to reset your body and metabolism. It makes your body stronger, and lets it function as was intended. You get to clean out your system, strengthen its immune system, and practice will power.
So, if you have your first meal at 11 AM, Then the last meal will be at 7. Halfway between 11 and 7, which is around 3, it will be the third meal. One of these meals can be more like a snack, which is what I do. It usually is the first or second meal, and goes like this. If I want to have a breakfast burrito with my husband, I’ll do so. Otherwise, it will be something light like fruit or a bowl of oatmeal. When I have a burrito, I’ll have some veggies for lunch. When I have a light breakfast, I’ll have something like soup and flautas or tacos for lunch. Dinner is usually veggies and fish, or, leftovers.
What do you think will work for you?