Ever skip breakfast? Dinner? Did you ever just feel too lazy to make a meal, and just waited to eat, or-you were just too busy to grab something, anything for a meal?
Then you’ve fasted intermittently. It’s really not that hard to do, and even those who eat once their feet hit the floor after a night’s sleep to when their head hits the pillows at night intermittent fast. Who’s up for morning coffee? Occasionally, I like to wake up from the dead a little more with a really good quality cup o’ joe, but as a treat rather than a daily thing, ya know?
You see, to do this your body must have several hours of a break from eating. When you sleep, you’re automatically fasting, unintentionally.
Your body does really well when it has extra time to digest, assimilating the nutrients from your food, allowing your blood sugars to become stable post meal, and work on digesting properly without having to start the whole breakdown process after meal 5 or 6….
Participants who partaking in intermittent fasting, or IF do so for:
- mental clarity and sharpness
- fat loss
- digestive health
- blood sugar regulation
- management of meal preparation
Ok, the last one sounds comical, but it’s true! Depending on the person, if you thrive with IF you won’t be constantly thinking about food because your blood sugar levels are stabilized. When I eat 3-6 meals a day, or when I graze, I tend to think only about food every half hour or hour. When do I get my next meal? What’s for dinner? What can I find in the break room? Should I have dessert or more potatoes at dinner? Not with IF.
When I’m working, I like to stay in the zone. Keeping my eating to a 6-8 hour window, I can work uninterrupted which helps my productivity level. And, when I’m just downright tired and having eaten all I need to eat in my 6-8 hours, it’s nice to stop having to plan, cook, bake, prep, cut, chop, steam, defrost, stir, etc. It can be exhausting, and it’s nice to not have to worry about it for a big portion of the day.
Check out this book explaining more on intermittent fasting. It goes into the science a little more and will show you how you can implement it in your own lifestyle for optimal results.
NOTE: People with diseases, blood sugar complications or diabetes, or other metabolic issues should consult with their physician prior to implementing any diet.
Has anyone tried intermittent fasting? Has it worked for you, and how did it benefit your lifestyle or was it a disadvantage for you? Let me know! I’m really interested in how it affects different groups of people.