In 2018 I made one of the biggest changes to my dietary habits I have ever made.
Midway through the year I decided to try intermittent fasting.
For those of you unaware, intermittent fasting involves limiting the number of hours in a day that you choose to intake food, or more specifically, calories. The premise for structuring your eating habits in this way is based upon the eating schedule of our ancestors thousands of years before us. Eating three meals a day has only very recently become an expectation.
Research has proven structuring caloric intake in this way can lead to weight and fat loss, improved mental clarity, increased energy and an increase in growth hormones.
Additionally, intermittent fasting stimulates autophagy. This is essentially the process of cellular cleansing, whereby nutrient deprivation leads the cells within the body to destroy their internal waste matter and subsequently repair themselves. The body does not enter this process as effectively if it is constantly refueled through regular meals as the cells do not fully recognize the need to flush out waste material.
If the list of benefits alone aren't enough to convince you, it was actually a detailed deconstruction of the autophagy process that won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2016. I'm no expert, but if there are people much smarter than me working on areas of health and nutrition, I'm going to leverage off any information they can give me.
For me personally, I have chosen to eat within an eight hour window between 12:30pm and 8:30pm. It has worked amazingly for me and I have experienced all of the benefits above. Additionally, my biggest testament to this process is the fact that I have not fallen ill once since starting intermittent fasting. Normally there are periods in my life where the pace picks up and runs me into the ground and I get sick. I am yet to experience such illness while fasting, which leads me to believe there are significant benefits to be experienced for the immune system.
Of course, I would always recommend doing your own research prior to committing to a new dietary plan. Listen to your own body and work out what processes are best for you.
If you're looking for more guidance on an intermittent fasting program, reach out to me via email at email@example.com