What is Intermittent Fasting?
Have you ever thought about intermittent fasting (IF)? It might work for you as a busy mom since you probably already skip breakfast! IF means you are only eating during a limited time space. Normally people fast/not eat for 16 hours and eat for 8 hours of the day. Not only are you giving your body a break from eating and digesting, but many people swear that it helps them efficiently burn fat.
Love this reflection on IF by Larissa Zimberoff…..
At the urging of doctor friends and a few popular books, I embarked on a diet plan earlier this year called intermittent fasting. The basics are that I could eat the foods I enjoyed and most of my regular meals, but it had to be within a short time frame of eight to 10 hours. Outside of that, I would stick to water, tea and black coffee.
Proponents of the plan, also known as time-restricted eating, say that intermittent fasting could help me lose weight, always a worthwhile goal. It would also give my gut a much-needed break from processing food, improve focus and lessen daily inflammation. In the long-term, it might even help me live longer.
I’ll admit, the words “intermittent fasting” sounded a little daunting. But Dr. Jason Fung, author of “The Obesity Code,” assured me that it could easily be incorporated into my daily routine.
“Anytime you’re not eating is a fast — anything above four hours is fasting,” he said. “A lot of times people eat because they have to, versus really enjoying what they are eating. If you don’t want the sandwich, skip it. Your body knows what to do, it will take your body fat. That’s why you carry it around with you.” Read the full article here