Behavior change is hard, because we become comfortable with our patterns. It up takes a great deal of mental energy until it becomes habit.
Intermittent fasting challenges the “three meals a day plus snacks” style of eating we are so accustomed to, in which it’s easy to feel like you should take in a meal, even when you’re not hungry, simply because it’s lunchtime.
I have been intermittent fasting for over one year. I skip breakfast each day and eat two meals, the first around 1pm and the second around 8pm. Then, I fast for 16 hours until I start eating again the next day at 1pm.
I was skeptical, but it turns out there is something to be said for a daily fast, preferably one lasting at least 16 hours. I've long thought the human body was not meant to run on empty, that fasting was done primarily for religious reasons or political protest.
To lose weight, strive for sixteen calorie-free hours. Stop eating by 8 pm, and eat again at noon the next day. Results can take up to four weeks to notice.
Intermittent dieters should eat healthy foods, including whole grains and healthy fats and protein. They should limit saturated fats and avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates. Be sure to stay well-hydrated.
Intermittent fasting might be an ancient secret of health. It is ancient because it has been practiced throughout all of human history. It's a secret because this potentially powerful habit had until recently in many ways been virtually forgotten. However, many people are now re-discovering this dietary intervention.
When we fast, Insulin levels fall, signaling the body to start burning stored energy as no more is coming through food. Blood glucose falls, so the body must now pull glucose out of storage to burn for energy.
In essence, intermittent fasting allows the body to use its stored energy.