Intermittent fasting is all the rave these days. Among a host of spectacular benefits, an increasing body of research suggests that intermittent fasting helps weight loss and may reduce the risk of both type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
To demystify your understanding of how it all works, here is my guide on the easy way to do it.
I’ve been doing 12:12 fasting for years and highly recommend it to every woman in her 40’s or older who struggles to lose weight.
Q: What is 12:12?
A: For 12 hours of the day, you eat your regular meals, and for 12 hours you fast.
As an example:
1. Stop consuming calories at the latest by 6 or 7 pm and
2. Have breakfast the next morning at either 6 or 7 am. (It’s fine to drink water, black coffee or herbal tea once you start the fast.)
The important part about the timing is to stop eating 2-3 hours before going to bed. Technically it doesn’t matter if you eat during the day or evening, it’s still the same number of calories. But, in my experience, eating or drinking late has a significant impact on your sleep quality. Our bodies require energy to digest food, and that produces a lot of heat which can make you uncomfortable while trying to sleep. Furthermore, indigestion and heartburn can keep you from falling asleep – or wake you up in the middle of the night.
Importantly, not getting enough quality sleep makes it very difficult to lose weight!
Along with helping you to get a good night’s sleep, intermittent fasting also helps you to lose weight because when you eat, your body primarily uses glucose as its energy source and stores the leftovers as glycogen to use as fuel later. When you fast, your body uses up both of these primary sources of energy (glucose and glycogen), so it must turn to fat stores for fuel once depleted.
I encourage you to give the 12:12 method a try. Not only does it support healthy weight loss, but it’s also a nightly detox for your body and your mind. As you can see from my example, it’s do-able and enhances yourlifestyle because you will have more energy during the day.