Before we dive into our topic for this month, I want to gently remind you that not every “diet” or eating plan works for everyone. This is why there are so many different ideas floating around out there. High carb, low carb, weight watchers, the list goes on. Chances are you have tried a diet that worked for others and didn’t work for you or vice versa.
We need to always remember this as we hear about new diets and ideas. Every new plan must be tested for yourself.
Fasting is an idea that has been around for many years. But most of the time when you hear of “fasting” you think of religious or spiritual fasting, and while fasting in that aspect does have various benefits, that is not the idea we are discussing.
The truth is fasting can have many health benefits if done correctly.
Fasting is a short amount of time, where you abstain from certain food or drink or both. It is a way to reset your digestive system. It can be done for hours or for days, depending on how long you want to give your body to reset.
Recently the idea of fasting has become more and more popular. New diet programs have come out that require certain times of fasting, mostly to see which foods your body handles well when reintroduced back into your diet.
Intermitted fasting has recently become a popular form of fasting. This is where you limit your eating hours of the day. Typically, you allow yourself to eat only during an 8-hour period each day, and you “fast” for the rest of the day. For example, if you began eating at 9am, you would end your meals for the day by 5pm. Or if you began eating by 12 noon, you would end your meals at 8pm.
In theory, you could choose to eat small meals all throughout your eating window, or you could choose to have 2 big meals in your eating window. This is where testing it out for yourself is wise.
And in your 16-hour “fasting” time, you would abstain from all calorie-filled food or drink. This gives your body a time in which it can reset from digesting and in essence, take a break.
Intermittent fasting is beneficial for weight loss, digestion, heart health, and much more. It can also help with diabetes and inflammation.
If the idea of intermittent fasting sounds appealing to you, I’d advice you to do your own researching before jumping into it. (And make sure to test it out and remember that not every plan will work for you.)
You may have seen some people who take this idea to the extreme, eating horrible food choices in their meal times. And you have probably seen others who take it to the opposite extreme and limit their food intake during their eating hours. I would advice against both extremes, especially if you are on a weight loss journey. Please be smart, eat the required amount of calories for your body each day, and always do your best to make the wisest food choices possible.