Intermittent fasting has gained a lot of popularity in the last decade or so. There are numerous protocols out there and just as many gurus trying to sell the idea to you.
Now, I’m here to tell you that IF is nothing special. The most popular protocol - the 16:8 - is a glorified way of telling you to skip breakfast and eat your first meal at lunch.
But, even though IF has no magical properties, it has its benefits. Today, we’ll take a look at the top two:
1. Eating Fewer Calories is More Satisfying
If you normally have a 12 to 14-hour eating window, restricting yourself to 6 or 8 hours of eating naturally allows you to eat fewer, bigger meals.
When most people transition to IF, they start eating fewer calories without thinking about it. But, each meal tends to be bigger, and more satisfying.
And even though the number of calories you eat in a day dictates weight change, IF makes it incredibly easy to eat less for weight loss without following any specific diet or restricting yourself too much.
2. Intermittent Fasting Simplifies Your Day
Most of us are busy from dusk ‘till dawn. And having to think about our meals adds another layer of stress to our lives.
IF simplifies your day because there are fewer meals you need to worry about. Instead of waking up in the morning and scrambling to get your breakfast in, you can wash up and head out the door without a worry.
One or two fewer meals makes eating simpler, you don’t need to plan (or cook) as much, and you are less stressed and worried. To most, that’s a huge plus.