Thinking of trying intermittent fasting? Or maybe you’ve been doing it for a while, but looking for a friendly phone app to help you formalize your plan and stay more committed? We got you. If you’re new to the concept of intermittent fasting (or “IF” as it is sometimes called), here’s basic overview: You don’t eat (“fast”) for a majority of the day, usually about 16 hours. Yeah, that’s it.
Jamie Miller, R.D., stresses that unlike a typical diet plan, instead of focusing on what foods to eat, intermittent fasting focuses on when you are eating them.“There are many ways an individual can practice intermittent fasting. But the most popular fasting time frame is ‘16/8.’ where you eat your breakfast, lunch, and dinner all within an eight-hour window such as between noon and 8 p.m.,” she says.
“Participants often find that it is convenient, allowing them to simply not worry about food for a good portion of a busy day. Taking the focus off of food for a set period of time also helps people experience a better relationship with food and less stress around their meal plans,” she adds, also pointing out that supporters often note an improvement in their digestive health because their stomach gets a break from working.
Excerpted from Men’s Health