To me Intermittent Fasting (IF) makes sense. I understand why people love it. I also understand why people hate it. There are multiple studies that prove IF can be extremely beneficial to our health and there are multiple studies that prove it to be harmful to our health.
It is up to you to choose what you believe.
I believe that IF can be a good way to get out of an unhealthy "rut" when needed.
Until I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism/Hashimoto's disease, I was a big fan of IF because I did not do well with food restriction... Time-restricted fasting allowed me to enjoy a wide range of foods so that I didn't need to restrict certain food groups or macronutrients.
1. Time-restricted fasting: Fasting through the night. For example, you may stop eating at 5 PM every night and not eat until 9 AM the next day, giving yourself a 16 hour fasting window. If you were to follow this window, I would suggest working out at night while you have the fuel to get through a solid workout. If you are working out in the morning (before 9 AM) you should workout at a lower intensity.
2. Alternate-day fasting: To keep it simple, you alternate 24hr fasting days with 24hr non-fasting days. On fasting days you eat around 500-600 Calories. On non-fasting you eat as you normally would. Of course, leave your hardest workouts for non-fasting days. A randomized controlled trial found that the dropout rate was higher for alternate-day fasting than in the daily calorie restriction group. Interestingly, those in the fasting group ended up eating less food than prescribed on non-fasting days, though they ate more food than prescribed on fasting days.
3. Full day fasts: One day a week with zero caloric intake.
This post is to simply let you know why everyone is all of a sudden raving about an ancient dieting method.
IF (intermittent fasting) is one of the oldest dietary interventions in the world. In recent years, the concept of intermittent fasting has become increasingly popular. Probably because there has been a ton of promising research conducted that shows IF to be effective and healthy for the human body. SO, is it really worth it?
If you’re one of those people that can’t stick with a diet because you’re constantly overthinking what to eat, IF might be for you. By focusing on WHEN you eat and not WHAT you eat, IF can help simplify the weightless process by avoiding complicated nutrition plans and trips to the grocery store. People that swear by IF love that they don’t have to make any choices around food and when they’re not fasting, they can be a little more relaxed. NOTE: Non-fasting days are NOT a free for all/binge day!
Studies show IF aids in weight loss, improves digestion, increases energy, and keeps your skin youthful.
Intermittent Fasting (as well as exercise and time in a sauna) create good stress that can boost the brain lowering risks of Alzheimer’s and dementia. It has has been proven in numerous studies to aid in weight loss, improved digestion, increased energy, clearer skin, and eliminating brain fog.
Intermittent Fasting is not for everybody. It is important to understand that it is not a diet, it is an eating pattern. It should NOT cause more stress for you. You should NOT overeat during non-fasting periods. If you are hungry/"hangry" all the time, EAT!
For me, I need to eat within 4 hours of bed time or you will find me in the kitchen at 2 AM eating peanut butter and honey by the spoonful. I believe in eating when you're hungry and listening to your body when you're full. If I eat a lot one day, I notice that I am not as hungry the next day. Remember, COMPLICATED RELATIONSHIPS DON'T LAST, find what works for you and keep it simple.. I focus on eating whole, unprocessed foods that are packed with nutrition.