Every year we hear about a new program, app, theory, or plan to lose weight. The market is flooded with all sort of diets that promise the best and long lasting results.
The reality is that the best diet is the one that you can stick to. Every person is different, and every organism receives, processes, and acts on a diet in a very unique way. As always, the first thing you should do before starting a new diet plan or regime is to consult your doctor. Don’t forget that your own situation would determine the steps to follow when trying to make changes in your habits.
Having said that, let’s explain what is the Intermittent Fasting. We are talking about one of the most popular trends in the world of health and fitness, and it’s basically an eating pattern that involves cycles of eating and fasting between specific periods of time. So, in this case, is not about what you eat, but when you eat.
Now, why fasting? Well, many studies and experts say that it could improve your metabolic health, protect against some diseases, and help you with your weight loss goals. Also, during fasting, your body uses all the available fat to keep everything working, and that’s when “the magic” happens because you are burning fat during that period of time technically without doing anything.
Depending on the intervals, there are different fasting methods, being the 16/8 one of the most popular, if not the most common. 16/8 means that you fast for a period of 16 hours, while your window for eating is 8 hours long.
There are several websites, apps, and social media groups where the followers of the IF plan share their experience, results, and struggles. Among those who practice the 16/8 figure, the most common schedule looks like this:
First meal of the day at 12:00 p.m.
- The eating window closes at 8:00 p.m.
- Fasting period starts at 8:00 p.m. and finishes at noon next day.
There different options during this eating model. One of them includes also only one meal a day and it’s known as OMAD. Those who practice the OMAD can do it for a short period of time, or for a longer period, depending on their own goals and program. Many people claim that this is a great tool to lose a good amount of pounds in a short period of time, but not everyone could do it due to different health conditions, or working and living habits,
At the end of the day, and as we said before, the best diet is the one that you can fit into your own lifestyle. While this method may work for many people, remember that it’s always good to consult your doctor about new changes in your diet, or eating habits.