Many studies show that it can have powerful effects on your body and brain and may even help you live longer. Common intermittent fasting methods involve daily 16-hour fasts or fasting for 24 hours, twice per week. We stick to the 16 hour fasts-- maybe one day we will commit to the 24 hours, but only if we want to commit murder.
Remember: You may feel weak, hungry, and your brain may not perform as well as you're used to.This may only be temporary, as it can take some time for your body to adapt to the new meal schedule. If you have a medical condition, you should consult with your doctor before trying intermittent fasting.
So how do you dip your toes into this new trend?
We're going to talk about the most popular method, and the one we use.
- The 16/8 method: (Leangains protocol), skipping breakfast and restricting your daily eating period to 8 hours, such as 1–9 p.m. Then you fast for 16 hours in between.
Good news is, you can have Water, coffee, tea and other non-caloric beverages while fasting. Do not add sugar to your coffee. Small amounts of milk or cream under 50 calories is still okay! Coffee can be beneficial during a fast, because it can suppress your hunger.
Some people actually fast without knowing it. If you've ever eaten dinner, then slept late and not eaten until lunch the next day, then you've probably already fasted for 16+ hours.
Have you tried intermittent fasting? How was your experience with it?