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Pros and cons of intermittent fasting

Pros and cons of intermittent fasting

Intermittent fasting to lose weight

I first heard of intermittent fasting just over a year ago when one of my new running friends was talking about her new diet. She could only eat certain foods and during certain times of the day. She had already lost a few pounds, so of course I was all ears ready to soak in this new knowledge. Upon further research, I learned that there are multiple types of this diet pattern.

16/8 Protocol

This is where you fast for 16 hours then eat within a specific 8 hour window. For example, noon to 8pm essentially skipping breakfast. Some people cut it down to 6 or 4 hours of fasting. This usually leads to skipping breakfast or dinner.

24 hour Protocol

This is where you skip two meals. For example, you eat your regular meals one day including dinner at 8pm but then you don’t eat again until 8pm the next day. If you can only do 18, 20, or 22 hours that’s ok too! Adjust to different time frames and see how your body responds. You can do this either once a week or twice a week as an example.

But why fast?

While it may seem straight-forward: eating less meals a day means you’re eating less calories overall, this isn’t the only reason fasting helps you lose weight. The timing of your meals will change the way your body operates.

When you eat a meal, your body spends a few hours processing that food, burning what it can from what you just consumed.  Because it has all of this readily-available, easy to burn energy, your body will choose to use that as energy rather than the fat you have stored.  This is especially true if you just consumed carbohydrates/sugar, as your body prefers to burn sugar as energy before any other source.

During the “fasted state” your body doesn’t have a recently consumed meal to use as energy, so it is more likely to pull from the fat stored in your body as it’s the only energy source readily available.

Burning fat = win.

Intermittent fasting can help teach your body to use the food it consumes more efficiently, and your body can learn to burn fat as fuel when you deprive it of new calories to constantly pull from. It also can make your stomach feel smaller

Have you tried intermittent fasting?

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Pros and cons of intermittent fasting was originally published on Self Evolve


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