Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating. It is one of the most popular styles of fasting and thought to be the easiest and most sustainable as it only involves abstaining from food for a portion of the day.
The practice of intermittent fasting involves allowing yourself a “feeding window” and then abstaining from food for the remainder of the hours. You can still enjoy herbal teas, water and coffee outside of the “feeding window”.
There are various ways to include intermittent fasting into your daily routine. You can:
- Fast for 16 hours and feed for 8 hours. This is the most popular and simplest to follow. You restrict your daily eating period to 8 hours, such as 11am – 7pm or 12pm – 9pm and then fast for 16 hours in between
- One or two 24 hour fasts a week
- Fasting all day and having large meal in the evenings
Why would one want to fast?
Fasting gives the body an opportunity to detox and burn fat instead of focusing on digestion throughout the day.
Other benefits of intermittent fasting include:
- Encourages Weight loss
- Reduce insulin resistance
- Increase in energy
- Enhances heart health
- Decrease in hunger
- Lowering of inflammation
Women should be careful when looking to incorporate intermittent fasting into their daily routine as there is mixed research on whether or not fasting is healthy for female hormone levels. You should also be mindful if suffering from adrenal fatigue or gut health issues