Intermittent Fasting Simplified

One of the most beneficial aspects of FASTer Way is our 16:8 approach to intermittent fasting. This means, 16 hours a day we don’t eat…and for the other 8 hours we do!

For me, this means I break my fast at 11:30 am and finish eating for the day by 7:30 pm. For you, it could mean 10 am – 6 pm or 11 am – 7 pm…whichever 8-hour eating window works best for YOUR schedule. I have found often that practicing intermittent fasting makes my life easier. I don’t have to worry about scarfing down a bowl of cereal in the morning or panicking on vacation that my day can’t get started until I’ve eaten.

IF Infographic

Take note though that intermittent fasting is an eating schedule; not a diet. It does not define what you eat, just when you eat. If you just crop off a meal for the day and restrict calories, sure you’ll lose weight (and muscle, and energy…) but it won’t be sustainable or healthy. We choose brunch over breakfast, and eat a full day’s worth of calories within our 8-hour window.

Want to try intermittent fasting in 2020? Join my 1/6 round of FASTer Way and learn how to incorporate this, along with fitness & carb cycling, into a healthy and sustainable lifestyle!

Meridith Oram
Meridith Oram is an ACE-Certified Health Coach at Below the Fork where she encourages women to love themselves towards healthy. She is married with two boys, and lives outside of Philadelphia. She earned a B.A. in Communications from Villanova University. Meridith writes about FASTer Way to Fat Loss, fitness, nutrition, Celiac Disease, and easy (but delicious!) gluten-free recipes at belowthefork.com. Follow her @belowthefork on all social channels.

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