The most popular method of intermittent fasting is the 16/8. You spend 16 hours not eating, and use an 8-hour window for eating.
While it seems impossible to restrain yourself from eating, you should know that 16 hours of not eating should contain 7-8 hours of quality sleep.
I order to give you a better understanding on how you can apply this method, I’m going to use my own example that I’ve been using for a few months now. Keep in mind that, while this method is great for my lifestyle it doesn’t have to be great for you. The variations you want to do are up to you, but we’ll come to that.
Basically, the easiest way for me to apply the 16/8 was to skip breakfast entirely. And while that opposes to everything that you’ve been told your whole life, maybe it’s time for a change.
Surely, I wouldn’t apply this method on kids. They are still developing their body, so it could be detrimental to their health or development. But grown-ups are a different story.
Since I am a grow-up, and I assume you are too, things are a little bit different when it comes to activating the process of autophagy.
By I digress, so let me explain why I choose to stop eating breakfast.
The biggest reason why I stopped eating breakfast is – I never liked it. Honestly, I always had a problem with eating early in the morning and it always created some kind of a pressure that I have to eat, otherwise I’ll collapse in school or later on job. But I have to tell you, I feel great. Especially because my energy levels have skyrocketed.
The only thing I do in the morning is drink my coffee – black, without any milk or sugar, and I go about my day. That usually more than enough to get me to my lunch break which is about 13:00. I would also like to mention that my job is doing physiotherapy, so it’s not like I get to do this because I sit at the desk all day.
My last meal is, because of my working hours around 20:30 in the evening, and that makes me able to reach the 16 hour window. Because of work I usually manage to eat lunch, small snack (something healthy like a banana or apple or both) and then dinner. Make sure that the 2 meals you eat are filled with protein, healthy carbs and fat. This is not a magic method that will let you go on a hunger strike, than let you stuff your face with snacks and burgers.
Based on a number of unforeseen circumstances I usually am able to reach my 16 hours around 4-5 times a week, while on other days I fall short by an hour or two. What’s important to know is that if you feel too weakened by this method, there are many others you can try, just find a good day to start.
I will try to update this article as I progress in intermittent fasting and discover more information.