Is Intermittent Fasting Right For You?
What is Intermittent fasting?
Intermittent fasting is a way of approaching your eating in such a way that you are in a fasted state more than you are in a fed state over the course of 24 hours.
How’s it implemented?
The most popular way to go about Intermittent fasting is to eat all of your calories for the day in an 8 hour window and then fast the other 16 hours in the day. Example: Eat from 4 – 11:59 PM, fast from 12 – 3:59 PM.
What are the benefits?
Intermittent fasting can benefit those who live a very busy lifestyle or work long work shifts and do not have time to make 5 or 6 meals per day. It allows you to get all of your calories and macros consumed in a short window so you can stay on track and be organized while you spend your time doing what you need to do. You’ll never have to be super focused on getting another meal in every few hours as it really frees up your mind. It can also be an great tool if you are traveling or in a place where you are unsure if you’ll be able to get multiple meals in. Not only that but your meals are going to be very satiating as you are likely going to feel very satisfied during that 8 hour window.
Right off of the bat you’ll notice that with IF you’ll be in a fasted state for 16 hours. Not everybody will be able do this right out of the gate as it may take some time as your hunger signals adjust which will allow you to go fasted for a longer period of time. You’ll also only be spiking muscle protein synthesis ~ 2x per day compared to 4-5x per day and will likely need to extend protein synthesis with other methods throughout the day.
Do you use Intermittent fasting? Why/Why not?
I do not use intermittent fasting but I am also not against it and I think it is a great tool to be implemented in specific situations. For myself personally, I am much more concerned with my clients overall caloric intake in a 24 hour window and your macros within that intake compared to meal timing. Meal timing will always be secondary. With that said, IF still has its place and can be a great tool to use if any of the benefits listed above can apply to you.