6:18 Intermittent Fasting

Don Wyeth

6:18 Intermittent Fasting

3 min.
November 9, 2021

Many of us have, at one time or another, made an effort to lose those extra pounds. There are diets that load you up with carbohydrates, others that are high protein such as the Paleo diet…Mammoth burgers anyone? Most people get really discouraged and frustrated with all of the different, seemingly contradictory choices that are out there. But there is one effective strategy that many times is overlooked: fasting. But fasting doesn’t mean ‘just not eating’ for a while. There is evidently a methodical process, that when followed, will encourage healthy weight loss and better general health. It is referred to as 16:8 intermittent fasting

According to the Medical News Today newsletter, “16:8 intermittent fasting, which people sometimes call the 16:8 diet or 16:8 plan, is a popular type of fasting. People who follow this eating plan will fast for 16 hours a day and consume all of their calories during the remaining 8 hours.” medicalnewstoday.com. The 16 hours includes sleep time. You end up taking in all your calories in the middle of the day. According to some practitioners, this diet procedure works because it supports the bodies internal clock called the circadian rhythm. Interestingly, there are absolutely no restrictions on the kinds or amount of food that you eat. However, unhealthy junk foods are discouraged.

A balanced diet, according to this article, consist of fruits and vegetables; whole grains; lean protein sources, such as poultry, fish, and beans; and smaller molecular fats found in salmon, olive oil, avocados, and nuts. Drinking water regularly through the day is also a big part of this regime. You can go online to find out how much water you should drink based on your body type and weight.

Several tips are suggested that make the fasting schedule more bearable:

drinking cinnamon herbal tea during the fasting period, as it may suppress the appetite

consuming water regularly throughout the day

watching less television to reduce exposure to images of food, which may stimulate a sense of hunger

exercising just before or during the eating window, as exercise can trigger hunger

practicing mindful eating when consuming meals

trying meditation during the fasting period to allow hunger pangs to pass

Although limited research has been done in this area, practitioners of this method suggest that intermittent fasting is useful in managing type two diabetes, heart conditions, some cancers, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease. I encourage you to keep tabs on this method for upcoming research. I feel that it is prudent to state that this article is provided for informational purposes only and does not intend to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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Don Wyeth

Passionate and intelligent columnist from Madison, WI.