Living Fit Mommy: Is Intermittent Fasting for You?

I started incorporating “intermittent fasting” (IF) a few months ago and have experienced a degree of success from it.

The basic rules of ‘IF’ are straight-forward: Eat a little, then don’t eat at all for a long while, usually a time frame of about 16-20 hours (but there are various ways to do it as you’ll see below), then eat again…but don’t gorge.

Of course, it’s not as simple as I’ve made it out to be, there is a science to it—and you have to adhere closely to that science in order to reap the benefits of this method—but many an average Joe and celebrity has sworn by its merits and, despite it being a bit on the controversial side (due to that whole not eating element), those who have found success using it aren’t likely to abandon it anytime soon.

Personally, I’ve tried various forms of IF over the last few months and have been the most happy with the 16:8 ratio (16 hours fasted followed by 8 hours fed). Because I tend to workout at such high intensities, I wanted to make sure I had enough energy to complete my workouts, at the maximum effort needed, and I found that using the 16:8 works best for me in that regard—I tried the 20:4 model and could not deal with the fatigue, lack of energy, and nausea I experienced as a result.

Again, you can experiment with them all, see what works, and then go from there; that said if none of these options peaks your interest—or is something you think you’d do well on—then no biggie. It’s certainly not for everyone and by no means is it the best/only way to lose weight. 

At any rate, I don’t want to get into a long, drawn out, explanation, so if this is something you are interested in, I’ve included the handy infographic below, and if you’re just aching for more information, Google is a fantastic place to start, just key in the term “intermittent fasting”. 

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