Hey there! You are either checking out this blog post because you have either been curious to learn more about intermittent fasting, are just getting started or just want to know my thoughts about it.
It has become increasingly popular, but be assured, this is nothing new or a trendy fad diet. In fact, it's not a diet at all. It's simply a meal timing approach to consuming your daily calories. Technically, you are already doing a form of intermittent fasting and might not even realize it....
When you finish your dinner or evening snack, once you stop consuming calories, you have technically entered a fasting period that goes until you begin consuming calories again, usually the next morning. For most people, this is at least a 12 hour fast. So it's not that far fetched to push back the eating time on either the front or back end to extend the fasting time a few more hours. That's really all it is when you break down intermittent fasting to it's most simple form. The most popular timing is 16:8. All that means is that you are fasting for 16 hours and eating for 8 hours.
When I began intermittent fasting over 10 years ago, people thought I was absolutely crazy! All they heard was the word fasting and automatically assumed I was starving, mal-nourished and some even said I had an eating disorder. Once I began to explain how I did it, then they realized it wasn't so crazy and some even decided to try it out to see how it worked for them. I began opening up more about it and even sharing it with my clients. Every single person I shared it with had some form of success.
For many (including myself), it gave me freedom. Freedom from being a slave to the clock, counting down the minutes until I was "allowed" to have my next meal. I gave myself permission to stop eating so many small and frequent meals spaced throughout the day and switch to eating larger meals that were closer together. Much more satisfying for me! It also gave me more freedom in my day. Instead of worrying about what I was going to eat next and when it would be, I was able to focus on my work during the day. I noticed my energy increased and I no longer had the afternoon energy crash. My mental clarity and focus was also a very noticeable change that happened within the first month or so.
One of the most frequent questions I get asked is when do I eat. In the beginning I used to have a more structured schedule of eating because it revolved around my work schedule. At the time I was a personal trainer (still am) and I would travel to my clients. Between my late afternoon client and my evening client, I would have my first meal. Then when I got home after my last client, I would have another meal. Once we moved and I no longer saw clients throughout the day, my eating schedule became more flexible based on my tasks for the day. My eating time is often different each day, some days my eating window is 6 to 8 hours and other days it's around 2 hours. I listen to my body's cues and fuel when I need to. I also don't have premade meals anymore and just eat what I feel like eating based on my goals at the time and what my body needs.
I've created the Ultimate Guide to Intermittent Fasting, a completely free resource that goes in depth about what intermittent fasting is, as well as the different types or guides you can follow. If you would like your free copy, CLICK HERE. There is even a quick survey you can complete so I can help you create your own plan - for free!