Intermittent Fasting. . . It It Worth The Hype?
If you’re someone who pays attention to the health and wellness space, chances are, you’ve come across someone raving about intermittent fasting. I use intermittent fasting myself, seven days a week. This is just a fancy, “scientific” way of saying, you push off eating your first meal of the day. Therefore, skipping breakfast or just simply setting time parameters around when you eat (i.e. 12pm-8pm).
Many people find this fits their lifestyle, as the majority of us don’t find ourselves feeling hungry first thing in the morning. I personally enjoy it, as I don’t have to think about food in the morning and it opens up time for other things I enjoy in my morning routine, like reading and walking Korra (my dog).
Intermittent Fasting Benefits
- Increased Stress Resistance
- Decreased Blood Pressure
- Lower LDL Levels
- Improved Brain Health
Anecdotally I’ve also found:
- Cognitive Acuity, I feel mentally sharper when I’m fasting along with some black coffee
- Having a “empty” digestive system makes waist control and breathing practice much more efficient
- No more stress around meal timing every 3-4 hours, which is sort of a load of shit anyways (unless you’re trying to be Mr. Olympia)
At the end of the day, the primary reason I recommend intermittent fasting is the set eating window tends to make it easier to follow caloric guidelines. In most cases..
Less time to eat = Less total calorie consumption -> Caloric Deficit -> Fat Loss
It’s a tool in your arsenal. If you believe it fits your lifestyle, use it. If not, don’t.