Should You Do Intermittent Fasting?
A question that popped through to my messages yesterday was about Intermittent Fasting.
“I’m planning on making some positive changes in 2019 and one of those is my diet. I’m thinking of following an Intermittent fasting” protocol.
What are your thoughts?”.
A perfectly good question.
So let’s jump in and have a look at it.
What Is Intermittent Fasting
There’s two very popular methods of intermittent fasting.
(I’m going to refer to it as IF for the remainder or you’ll go insane typing it out).
The most popular version is the 16/8 method.
That simply means you fast for 16 hours and have an 8 hour window then to eat.
During that 8 hour window you fit in all your meals to suit your daily calorie needs.
The theory behind it is that by sticking to that set window of eating, you limit how much you can overeat.
It works well, because once you eat your main meals in 8 hours, you’re pretty full.
So it limits your cravings.
And most of the fasting period is spent when you’re asleep.
So for example, your eating window is midday until 8pm.
Your fast begins at 8pm and finished at midday the next day.
So you really only have a few hours pre- and post-bed where you’re not eating.
The other option is a 5:2 method.
This is where you fast for 2 days of each week.
My Thoughts On IF And Diets
When it comes to IF, it’s fine as a diet structure once it meets a few conditions.
Any diet must suit your lifestyle if it’s going to be a long-term solution to maintaining a healthy weight and body.
If fasting leaves you feeling good, your energy levels are unaffected and also your mood doesn’t change, then it may well suit you fine.
But like any diet, it’s not magic.
Regardless of whatever diet protocol you follow, your main priority is to create a calorie deficit.
So whether you go low carb, Keto, Vegan, Paleo, IF, Slimming World etc., your main goal is to reduce your energy intake below your energy output.
I tend to advise people to avoid jumping on the “trendy” diets that are propagated my media.
Instead, pick a diet, try it out and see if it suits/works for you.
If not, then it’s not something that suits you.
IF is something I tend to follow.
It can give some digestive relief when fasting, plus you get to feel what it’s like to be hungry close to eating time.
It gives a structure that should hopefully keep you from overindulging on high calorie, low nutrient foods.
No diet is superior for fat loss once calories and protein are equated for.
So IF isn’t any better than counting calories or any other host of diets once they are matched for calories and protein intake.
So avoid thinking any one diet is the holy grail and is the only one people should follow.
Make informed decisions and choose ones that suit you best for long term success, not just physically but mental and overall health and wellbeing too.
Should you do IF?
Give it a go and find out.
Every individual will respond differently.
Hope this helped a little.