Episode 143 – Is intermittent fasting a hoax?

Today’s question on the #AskEvro Show is, “Is intermittent fasting a hoax?”

Intermittent fasting is basically another way of dieting or structuring your eating habits and behaviours.

So if you look briefly at what’s happening in this dietary pattern – intermittent fasting followers are actually compressing the amount of time that they eat.

So, for example, they’ll eat all their meals within a shorter amount of time – say within an 8 hour time window. The rest of the day they will only drink water – that’s the basic rule.

How it works?

One of the proposed mechanisms behind intermittent fasting would be to let your body digest the food during this key time window – and then you allow your body to repair, recover and relax for the remainder of the day so it can optimally digest again at the next meal time (ie. the next day).

What do you do for the next 16 hours?

Well, the rest of the time you just get on with life – work, play, explore, etc.

 

Is there any other things I need to know about intermittent fasting? Read on below.

 

 

The other theory behind intermittent fasting is the ability to shift from a carb dominant energy system to a fat dominant energy system.

Here in the meal spacing structure of intermittent fasting you’d basically deplete the majority of your carbs over the course of the day and then move into the more efficient fat energy supply system – which may be a more consistent fuel supply for the individual – particularly for focus and productivity – instead of undergoing the carb “highs” and “lows.” (eg. feeling hyper and carb comas respectively).

In summary, the big question is, “Will intermittent fasting work for you?”

Maybe, maybe not!

The best way to move forward is to educate yourself – invest in yourself – learn from the best and then follow through on your research on intermittent fasting by actually experiencing what it is like for you during a trial period. Document your trial period and evaluate what happened (or didn’t happen during your intermittent fasting).

In the end, the best way forward is to find a pattern that will consistently work for you. Then all you need to do is stick to it until you get results.

 

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Chris Everingham lives and breathes health & fitness.

Chris Everingham lives and breathes health & fitness. International Athlete, Elite Performance Manager for the Philippine Volcanoes rugby teams, qualified Dietitian / Nutritionist and qualified educator. Chris Everingham combines more than 10 years of experience and education together to deliver the best strategies to grow your mindset, rewire your habits and transform your life.

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