Intermittent Fasting… Should you try it?

Contrary to how it sounds, intermittent fasting isn’t just skipping meals. Rather, it involves being more conscious of your eating schedule on the whole. Or, getting your body into a digestive rhythm.

During intermittent fasting, your calorie intake will probably be more in line with what your body actually needs (unless you binge during your eating hours). In general, that will help with weight loss, or at the very least, weight gain. Research has shown that short-term fasting increases your metabolic rate by up to 14 percent, so you’ll be more efficient at burning the calories you are consuming.

Your body can burn glucose or it can burn fat. Becoming fat adapted means that the body will favor using fat as fuel instead of carbohydrates broken down into glucose. Basically, it looks like this: fast for 14 to 16 hours each day, and then you can eat during the remaining eight to ten hours.

If you’ve decided that you’re going to give intermittent fasting a try, stay aware of what and when you’re eating. Nothing is healthy for everyone 100 percent of the time. You have to take into account your current symptoms, and current relationship to food. It is far more important to first focus on your relationship with food. You have to be in the practice of eating unprocessed foods that are alive and rich in nutrition.

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