by Amanda Moss, FNP-C
Intermittent fasting seems to be one of today’s trendiest dieting techniques. The concept of intermittent fasting began with the earliest civilizations out of necessity: food wasn’t always available, so people ate when they could. The rest of the time, people had to get used to feeling hungry.
Our modern society is not comfortable with hunger. We’re surrounded by high-calorie foods at all hours of the day, and we generally don’t practice self-control. The average American eats for about 18 out of 24 hours; from wake to sleep! Research shows this is actually making our health worse—we really should be doing more of what our ancestors did.
In his book What the Heck Should I Eat?, Dr. Mark Hyman explains that we should limit the window of eating to about 8-10 hours of the day. This allows the body time to rest, repair, and heal itself. It can also help us clean up metabolic waste and lose weight!
The weight loss comes from two things: one is by putting the body into a fat-burning state, and the other is by reducing the overall number of calories consumed in a 24-hour period.
There are several different ways to fit intermittent fasting into your routine, and we can help you decide whether it would be helpful in your life.