16/8 intermittent fasting involves eating only during an 8-hour window and fasting for the remaining 16 hours. We recommend fasting between the hours of 8 pm to 12 pm the next day and eat between 12 pm and 8 pm. Intermittent fasting has been shown to support weight loss and improve blood sugar, brain function and longevity. Eat a healthy diet during your eating period and drink calorie-free beverages like water or unsweetened teas and coffee.
It’s very important to primarily eat healthy foods during your eating window. This method won’t work if you eat lots of junk food or an excessive number of calories. You can drink water and other noncaloric beverages during the fast, which can help reduce feelings of hunger.
fasting gives your vital organs, digestive and absorptive hormones, and metabolic functions a “break,” according to a recent study published in Cell Metabolism. Since our bodies secrete insulin to help our cells absorb sugar, fasting is linked to reducing our susceptibility to insulin resistance over time. (High insulin levels ultimately put us at risk for a whole host of diseases).
The benefits are clear: intermittent fasting can be easy to follow, it does not require any calorie counting, it can make people healthier and may even delay the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Intermittent fasting also doesn’t lead to eating disorders or slow down a person’s metabolism.
The first five fast days are pretty tricky, but once your body gets adjusted to that kind of up-down pattern of eating, it actually gets really easy.
Intermittent fasting is not for everyone, including people with type 1 diabetes, pregnant women and lactating women.
Exercise before you eat because people get hungry about half an hour after they finish working out and may find it too hard to stick to their plan if they can’t eat anything at all afterwards.