Intermittent fasting basics

So, you’re sick of dieting in the traditional sense. You find it restrictive and unsustainable. You might have read or heard of intermittent fasting as a plan to lose weight and achieve better health. With all the popular diets out there, Keto, Vegan, Paleo and so on, one of the methods that have proven to be effective for maintaining a trim figure is the 16:8 intermittent fasting method.

Basically you don’t take in calories for 16 hours and you eat during an 8-hour window. The theory is that this temporary absence of food initiates a cellular repair process that makes stored fat more accessible to be burned and used for energy. During the 16 hours (including sleeping hours) one can drink coffee or tea (without milk, sugar or cream) and, of course, drink water. It’s not as crazy as it may sound as some practitioners simply skip breakfast, eat at noon and stop eating at 8 p.m.

Proponents like the 16:8 intermittent fasting’s inherent flexibility. There’s no food type restrictions and you can choose the hours you prefer to eat. Have to have breakfast? No problem. Eat earlier in the day and end earlier.

Bottom line: There’s no perfect way to eat for everyone. Know yourself and your body. But if you are doing regular cryotherapy, eating real food (not processed) and exercising, the 16:8 method may give you an edge. Many of our clients have reported success and high energy levels using this method.

For more about the science behind intermittent fasting, we found a comprehensive guide on the website Nerd Fitness.

Kathy Butters