By Becky Cannon
Jan 13, 2020
Intermittent fasting is more than just not eating food. It's actually more like an eating pattern. If you're practicing intermittent fasting, you choose periods of time when you’ll eat, and periods of time when you’ll fast. For example, one popular form of fasting, also called early time restricted feeding (eTRF) is the 16/8 method. You fast for 16 hours, and keep your eating to an 8-hour window. You already exercise some kind of fasting every day when you sleep. Intermittent fasting essentially just extends the that time a few hours longer.
The whole point of intermittent fasting is to abstain from food and caloric drinks. This gives your body a chance to rest and use stored energy (fat) instead of digesting. Because of this, it’s recommended that you don’t eat anything. You can drink water, coffee, tea or other non-caloric beverages.
Although you’ll probably experience some kind of hunger in the beginning, most people who regularly practice intermittent fasting find that their hunger goes away after a few weeks. It might seem difficult, but for most people, intermittent fasting gets easier after your body adjusts to skipping a meal or two.
When your body isn’t busy digesting food, it has as chance to do other things. Here are some benefits to regularly practicing intermittent fasting.
There are several different methods of intermittent fasting. Choose one that picks your lifestyle the best and try it for a few weeks.
Remember, it's important to still eat a balanced diet even while sticking to an intermittent fasting eating pattern.
Although most of us could practice intermittent fasting with no ill-effects, it’s not for everyone. You should not try intermittent fasting without talking to your doctor if:
Intermittent fasting can be a helpful tool to lose weight and improve your health. If you have questions or concerns, talk to your doctor before you begin intermittent fasting.