What exactly is intermittent fasting, you ask?
There are several ways to go about this:
- You can eat for a 5-6 hour window, and not eat for the rest of the day. So for example, eat between 2pm and 8pm, and not eat again till 2pm the next day.
- Eat as you usually do, but fast 1 or 2 times a week.
- Skip a meal occasionally.
I thought this was SO bizarre (craycray, if you will) when I first heard about it……..this goes against EVERYTHING I know about eating healthy – I’ve always heard “eat 6 times a day to keep up your metabolism”, and “always start your day out with a healthy, nutritious breakfast”. After reading more about it and people’s testimonies, this intermittent fasting thing is starting to make a lot more sense.
The basic science behind this is that when you are fasting, your body will choose to use your stored fat as a source of energy, therefore burning fat. When you have just eaten, however, your body chooses to use carbs and sugar as a source of energy first, before using your stored fat. So when you go for a long period without eating, your body will burn fat because it has no other energy source to use.
I’ve actually heard about people achieving great results from this – and it might be something I’d experiment with in the future. I encourage you guys to check out the links above for more information! For me personally, I just don’t like to not eat….I’m so accustomed to eating 6 meals a day. (And I get really grumpy when I don’t eat). I heard it takes up to several days for your body to get used to this, but it seems pretty challenging.
Any thoughts? Has anyone tried this?
Let me know if you have read anything about this! Like this guy here: