Fasting 101 Part 2: In Part 1 we talked about the basics of fasting and possibly how it could benefit your goals of weightloss and or better health in a New Year or just a detox phase. In Part 2 we go into a little more detail and talk about a window or scheduled period of eating called Time Restricted Eating.
Time Restricted eating usually revolves around an 8-12hr time period set throughout the day where you can consume your normal or special food regimen and take advantage of the human bodies natural clock called the circadian rhythm. Being in sync with your natural clock offers a lot of benefits including a better metabolism, less fat storage, and potentially a more efficient cleansing of metabolic wastes normally not achieved outside of this practice of fasting. Cintinue reading Fasting 101 Part 2.
A general example would be to set your eating window around times you eat with others, so lunch and dinner fit best. If you wake up at 7am and you fast until 12pm then you would break the fast for lunch and eat till around 8pm and then stop any caloric intake prior to bedtime. This means if you go to bed around 10pm and wake up around 6-7am you will have been fasting for roughly 10-11hrs already plus another 5-6hr prior to eating again.
The benefit here is that while you are fasting your body will breakdown its own tissues to fuel its metabolism and also enter a stage called autophagy where older and dead cells are scavenged and replaced to restore optimal health.
Fasting without a strict schedule still offers benefits but time restricted eating is more well researched and hosts definitive benefits over just winging it.
In Part 3 we will talk about Full Day fasting, Do’s and Don’t’s, and other misc Fasting Info. Read more about Fasting 101 Part 2.