Intermittent Fasting- what’s the big deal?
Intermittent fasting is not a diet, it’s a pattern of eating. It’s a way of scheduling your meals so that you get the most out of them. Intermittent fasting doesn’t change what you eat, it changes when you eat. It requires very little behavioural change, falling into the category of ‘simple enough that you’ll actually do it, but meaningful enough that it will actually make a difference.’
There are many different ways of intermittent fasting. Each person’s experience of intermittent fasting is individual, and different styles will suit different people. The most popular types of are-
1. Fast for 12 hours a day
Fastin for 12 hours a day, leaving an eating window of 12 hours. For example, a person could choose to fast between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m- which of most, they are asleep for. This type of intermittent fasting plan is a great option for beginners.
2. Fasting for 16 hours
Fasting for 16 hours a day, leaving an eating window of 8 hours, is called the 16:8 method or the Leangains diet. On this fast, people usually finish their evening meal by 8 p.m. and then skip breakfast the next day, not eating again until noon.
3. Fasting for 2 days a week
Typically, people separate their fasting days in the week. For example, they may fast on a Monday and Thursday and eat normally on the other days. There should be at least 1 non-fasting day between fasting days.
Our Area Manager Sophie has been maintaining an intermittent fasting lifestyle for 2.5 years now and swears by its benefits. We held a quick little interview with her to inspire us on this journey-
“Hi Sophie, thanks for taking the time out of your busy My Botique Schedule to talk with us today. Let’s jump straight into it. What made you decide to try intermittent fasting?”
“I was inspired by one of my beauty therapy students, sadly she was diagnosed with brain cancer and she decided to try ‘alternative’ therapies. She went vegan and also started intermittent fasting. She would share a lot of insta posts with the benefits of fasting, which I would always read and it totally resonated with me and made absolute sense. We’re too programmed into eating whenever the clock says it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner time rather than when we actually have the urge or ‘need’ to eat!”
“Did you face any difficulties starting out on your intermittent fasting journey?”
“It was tricky to start off with because I was so conditioned into thinking that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and to change my habits took a little while, but now it’s so much easier. Occasionally I will break the fast (have breakfast) but most days I fast until 12 and only eat up until 8pm. So usually just having lunch and dinner, although I was a bit naughty over the Christmas period, I’m back on track now.
“Does intermittent fasting impact you socially at all? For example, going out to dinner with friends?”
“Initially it did, but now if I’m invited out to brekkie I just have a black coffee- which is allowed up until 12”.
“What benefits have you significantly noticed? Energy? Better skin? Weight loss?”
“Before my wedding, which was 2 years ago next month, I noticed a lot of weight loss, which was a big reason for me to start intermittent fasting. But just on a day to day basis, I notice an increase in mental clarity and thinking and I definitely notice an increase in energy! I find that I drink a lot more water which helps to curb my hunger and in turn is good for my skin! I read a lot about how intermittent fasting changes the functions of cells, genes and hormones and can help lower your risk of type 2 diabetes as well. I’ve got my hubby and also my siblings on to IF as well”.
Here’s what I personally LOVE about intermittent fasting- It costs nothing. It requires nothing- you don’t have to buy books or gear or supplements or meals. You just adapt yourself to a slightly different way of eating… and that’s it. It’s simple, affordable and beneficial!
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