Intermittent fasting is a type of eating pattern that cycles between eating and fasting. One of the biggest reasons for the growing interest in this method is that many people are experiencing weight loss because of it. Simply put, telling someone to eat a healthy balanced diet just isn’t enough for everyone. Intermittent fasting allows you to restrict your calories by eating less while burning fat and can be a very attainable lifestyle choice as well.
How It Works
There are several different ways to approach intermittent fasting but overall, fasting for short periods of time helps people to eat less calories and optimize their hormones in relation to weight loss. There are two periods to consider during intermittent fasting: the fed state and the fasted state. During the fed state, our bodies are digesting and absorbing food so our insulin levels are high and this lasts 3-5 hours after your meal. In the fasting state, however, our insulin levels decrease dramatically, making it much easier for our bodies to burn fat that we didn't have access to in the previous state.
- The 16/8 method requires you to fast for 16 hours per day and restricts your eating period to 8 hours. This is the most popular of the three methods as it can be as simple as skipping breakfast and not eating anything after 8pm.
- The 5:2 method involves eating normally 5 days a week and then restricting your caloric intake on the other two days of the week. On the days you are fasting, it is recommended that women consume 500 calories and men consume 600 calories.
- The Eat-Stop-Eat method suggests that you do a 24 hour fast once or twice a week. In order for this method to work, it’s important that you eat normally during the regular eating periods.
Why It’s Working
Diets are hard and most of them aren’t sustainable in the long run. Intermittent fasting is working because it doesn’t address a nutritional problem, it focuses on a behavioral problem. It doesn’t change what you eat, it changes when you eat, and it doesn’t require a huge lifestyle change to see results. Right now, you are likely eating at the same time everyday without even knowing it, so you would simply learn to not eat at specific times.
Each method will work differently for everyone so it’s important to choose the one that suits your lifestyle. For more information, visit our website or call us at (317)-434-1750 to discuss if intermittent fasting is right for you!