You might have heard of intermittent fasting. There are actually a couple ways in which you can practice this relatively new dieting and weight loss trend. Some individuals practice intermittent fasting by eating normally 5 to 6 days a week, and take two days to eat little to no food. Another way you can attempt intermittent fasting is limiting your eating to only 6 or 7 hours out of the day. Say you begin eating at 9 a.m., you’ll stop your eating by 3 p.m. and have nothing for the rest of the day.
Intermittent fasting has shown to alter a lot of individuals metabolic processes in a way that highly benefited their overall health and ability to lose weight. A study was done comparing typical calorie-cutting diets versus intermittent fasting plans, and the people who participated in intermittent fasting lost weight faster. The days or the 17 to 18 hours you are not eating, your body is using the nutrients that you have eaten in your allotted time to provide your body energy, and actually burns it in a much more effective manner. Hence the change in metabolism.
Intermittent fasting also provides other major health benefits. It has shown to provide other major health benefits such as staving off the development of Alzheimer’s. It can help relieve stress and stop inflammation. So rather than spending your day counting calories, it might be more beneficial to you to set your timer and start eating!