When I first started intermittent fasting (IF) a few months ago, I originally thought I would only do it for about a month. I wanted to lose a few pounds and get a flat belly for a special event, but what started as an experiment actually turned into a way of life that’s helped me take control of my emotional eating habits, lose weight, and feel amazing all around.
I subscribe to the 16:8 method of IF. The premise of this fasting method is that you fast for 16 hours and eat during the remaining eight-hour window. You can choose which eight-hour window works best for you. Some people like to fast during the first half of the day and only eat between, say, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. That’s not me, though. I lift weights in the morning and can’t imagine going without a hearty meal after my workout is over, so I eat between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Additionally, while IF is meant to be done every day, I only fast Monday through Friday.
Excerpted from Pop Sugar