One of the easiest ways to avoid holiday weight gain is to try intermittent fasting. This involves choosing just 8 hours in a given day that you’re allowed to eat. This does not mean that you are supposed to use that 8 hours to stuff yourself. Instead, you can eat anything that you want but only until you are satisfied.
Most people choose to eat between 8 am and 4, or 9 am and 5 pm. But you can select whichever 8-hour period you like but do keep in mind that not eating any more about 2 hours before bed, if not three, will help improve your digestion.
The following are four reasons why intermittent fasting is so powerful and tips on how to add it to your holiday routine:
Foods are Non-Restrictive
When you don’t eliminate foods, you are more likely to be successful at sticking to a healthier diet. When you place restrictions, you only create “FOMO” or a fear of missing out—making it more difficult to make the right choices. Knowing that you can eat what you want tomorrow makes it so much easier to say no right now due to the time.
Consumption Time is Limited
The shorter consumption time allows you to consume fewer calories, lower your insulin levels that promote fat storage and give your body plenty of time to digest properly. In many ways, this consumption time limit is just another way to set boundaries for yourself that makes it easier to stick to your plan.
Enhances Life Expectancy
If you choose alternate day fasting, where you fast for 24 hours and eat for 24 hours, you can lessen your oxidative stress and live longer. In addition, if you combine intermittent fasting with calorie counting, you can enhance this effect even if you choose the everyday-eat method.
It’s Easy to Get Started, Flexible and Sustainable
Intermittent fasting doesn’t require anything to get started. You can eat what you desire to eat within your time limit and caloric limits. Of course, it is suggested that you eat the highest nutritional value food before you.
Intermittent fasting is a well-studied weight loss and management method that can work for you no matter your situation. Of course, be mindful about how you feel and do not go hungry if you run into a bad situation, but this method helps you best when you plan to eat healthy food until satiation, even if you have more time left to eat.