On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m answering the question, what is 16/8 intermittent fasting and what are the health benefits.
Since I’ve been asked so many questions about intermittent fasting, also known as IF, I’ve finally decided to create an entire post about it.
Can IF double your fat loss results?
Let’s talk intermittent fasting 101 and get right into the IF basics.
I have tested the 16/8 intermittent fasting method, so here’s the feedback from my 14 day IF experiment.
As you know, I truly believe in coming to conclusions based on experimenting and analyzing personal results, rather than just being one of those “what does the research show” kind of guys.
Remember, everything I talk about, I have personally used in my journey to Live Lean 365 days a year.
In other words, I truly live my message.
During my journey to get to my current health and physique, I’ve followed a meal cadence of eating every 3-4 hours, for 5-6 meals a day.
In the past, eating smaller, more frequent meals has worked for me.
But does that mean a meal cadence of eating every 3-4 hours is optimal for maintaining lean muscle, burning fat, and increasing mental performance and overall energy?
Well I know it helped me, but the question is, is it optimal?
Since I’ve been eating every 3-4 hours, for 5-6 meals a day, for a few years now, could I be experiencing performance plateaus?
We all know when the body adapts, benefits can decrease.
Based on this, I’m always looking for optimal results in all areas of my life.
So, with that said, I took my own advice and tested the 16/8 intermittent fasting method for 14 days.
You can see my intermittent fasting results video post here.
If you’re not aware of what intermittent fasting is, let me explain.
The 16/8 intermittent fasting approach simply means following a limited feeding window of 8 hours, with a larger fasting window of 16 hours.
For example, the typical fasting period would be between 8pm-12pm, when you would not eat any calories.
This would mean your feeding period, when you eat your calories, would be between 12pm-8pm.
Many people who do intermittent fasting have experienced dramatic fat loss results by increasing their insulin sensitivity.
As mentioned earlier, I experimented with intermittent fasting for 14 days.
I’ll shared a full recap of my overall experience and 14 day intermittent fasting results using the 16/8 IF method, here.
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