I was at a basketball game at a local high school with my daughter and I started to talk about a friends new diet. I was skeptical because it goes against all the diet plans I write about.
I always believed that you should eat most of your calories as early in the day as possible. This gives you time to burn them before dark when the body goes into hybernation mode. Hybernation is necessary to give the body time to heal itself.
The man sitting next to me was on this same fasting diet and had lost 30 pounds and actually had to stop because he was losing too much weight. He explained that he only consumed calories between 4 pm and midnight. The rest of the time he only drank water, black coffee, black tea. He didn’t consume any calories between midnight and 4 pm the next day. In a couple of months he lost thirty pounds.
So I read about this type of diet and found that it’s very popular right now. Humans and animals have been eating this way for thousands of years. The article when on to say that the 16/8 method is the most popular form of intermediate fasting. You consume all your calories in an 8 hour period and fast for the other 16 hours. Sounds hard, right. Not really, Many people skip breakfast now, so restrict your eat from noon to 8 pm. The other 16 hours you can only drink water, coffee, tea or any drink without calories. The 16 hours of fasting is the key to losing weight, and healthy eating during the other 8 hours.
It will take a little getting use to, so begin by only fasting for 12 hours and increase the time about 30 minutes a day until you reach 16 continuous hours of fasting. Actually many other diets promote the same thing but don’t call it fasting. There are several health benefits to fasting so not everyone follows the diet to lose weight. Some people follow fast to increase their metabolism and others fast to benefit hormone activity.
Next time you want to lose body fat try intermediate fasting and see if it works for you. Be patient and give the plan a few months. Remember the 16 hours of fasting is the key to losing weight.
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