Intermittent Fasting 101

Intermittent Fasting

Unless you have lived under a rock the past year, you have probably heard about Intermittent Fasting. But… do you know exactly what it is and exactly what to do? Don’t let the idea of trying something knew overwhelm you. Consider this your crash course or as I like to call it, Intermittent Fasting 101.

Intermittent Fasting is an eating pattern that alternates between cycles of fasting and eating over a period of time.  

One of the most popular forms of Intermittent Fasting is the 16/8 method, and despite what you may think, it’s really not that difficult to do.  Look at it this way, when you sleep, you are fasting.  Intermittent Fasting is just extending that fast a tad bit longer (just the fasting part, not the sleep part, can’t help you on that one). 

For example, the 16/8 Method would go like this:

Wake up, skip breakfast, eat your first meal at noon and your last meal at 8:00 PM.  (No food is allowed during the fasting period, but you can drink water, coffee, tea  and other non-caloric beverages).

There you have it! You are fasting for 16 hours and restricting you caloric intake to 8 hours.

Here are two more methods:

·       Eat-Stop-Eat: This involves fasting for 24 hours, once or twice a week, for example by not eating from dinner one day until dinner the next day.

·      The 5:2 diet: With this method, you consume only 500–600 calories on two non-consecutive days of the week, but eat normally the other 5 days. 

By reducing your calorie intake, all of these methods should cause weight loss as long as you don't compensate by eating much more during the eating periods.

Intermittent Fasting is a great way to prepare your system to make the most of your opportunity here at Deer Lake Lodge and Spa. Like many things, preparation maximizes your success!

K. Addis