WHAT IS INTERMITTENT FASTING?
Intermittent fasting (IF) is a method I use with a lot of my clients to help increase/maximise results. There are many different variations of IF, each one having different benefits but all using the same principle. Limit your eating hours and have a set fasting period. Now a big misconception with IF is that you eat less than you should. This is incorrect as you should continue eating your regular macronutrients designed for your goals.
From my experience the best method that fits into lifestyles as well as getting results is the 6/18 method. This basically means you can eat for 6 hours in the day and fast for the remaining 18 (only consuming water, coffee & herbal teas). I find eating from 12pm to 6pm works best as it fits in two regular meal times. The great thing with IF is that it is really flexible as long as you stick with the simple 6/18 rule.
E.g If you were eating out with friends at 7pm just change your eating hours from 12pm-6pm to 2pm-8pm and go back to normal the next day!
Don't get me wrong though, the whole point of IF is to fit into your lifestyle so if you can't start with the 6/18 method straight away, try limiting your eating time by a few hours (10am-7pm etc.) to get used to the method and fit it into your lifestyle.
In short, IF increases growth hormones whilst decreasing insulin levels to facilitate fat burn but as well as the scientific benefits the main reason I love intermittent fasting is because it teaches my clients discipline. As a trainer I see a lot people struggling with nutrition and a common factor is snacking. Eating all your calories in a short amount of time means there is no room for snacking as you're so full during and after your eating hours and once you control the Ghrelin (the chemical that makes you hungry) you're set for a home run.
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