How delaying eating could help you lose weight

In a previous post, I wrote about why you should not intermittent fast. That article was addressing particular personality types who would not benefit from such a technique.

However, there are plenty of people who do use intermittent fasting to meet health and weight control goals. I believe in it, and I use it. Keep reading for how fasting might help you.

What is intermittent fasting?

Fasting is abstaining from food and beverage for a specified period of time. People use it for religious purposes or doctors could prescribe a fast before a test or procedure.

There are also variations of fasting where you abstain from certain types of food for a period of time, like the Daniel fast. Or types of fasts where you only eat a certain type of food like an egg fast.

Intermittent fasting comes in two forms:

  • Delaying your eating for a set number of hours
  • Restricting calorie intake for a set number of days

The 5/2 plan

Calendar based eating. Fasting certain days.

The 5/2 “diet” is a documentary and book by Dr. Micheal Mosley. The premise behind the plan is to eat a reduced calorie diet for five days a week, then two days a week severely restrict calories to stimulate weight loss.

I am VERY passionate about not making your self decision based off documentaries. Read more about that here.

However, if you want to learn more about this idea, you could read the book. Book are made for education, not entertainment. But please do not base your life decisions off of a movie, please!

Personal opinion?

This plan could be hazardous to people with pre-existing eating disorders. Unless you are committed to controlled eating 365 days a year, no plan will help you. If you are lazy or prone to excuses…just keeping it real…do not waste your time.

Can this plan work?

Yep! I have seen it with my own eyes. I know someone who used this technique to shed some unwanted weight.

Here are a few caveats to this person’s success:

  1. Did not have a ton a weight to lose
  2. Did not have food addiction issues
  3. Did not have food related metabolism issues, like pre-diabetes, insulin resistance, or any hormonal problems.
  4. Strong personality/discipline that will finish any task

Should you try it?

Only if you are going to read the book, and then visit the website for updated info. Trying something without a real road map is like getting in a car and hope that you will show up somewhere great.

16/8 plan and other variations

Clock based eating. Following a daily schedule.

I am not 100% sure of the origin of the 16/8 protocol, aka the Leangains method. This site credits someone named Martin Berkhan. On the 16/8 protocol, everyday you are fasting.

For sixteen hours of the day…NO FOOD FOR YOU! Your eating window is eight hours a day.

Personal Opinion?

I believe this protocol can help people who need to lose a significant amount of weight, and those with food addictions/disorders. This method has you maintaining consistent, sustainable behavior everyday of your life.

Can this plan work?

It works for me! Eating within a narrow window of time, keeps my cravings under control. It is not foolproof, but it helps me be in control of me. You do not have to overthink it, over time it just becomes a part of your life.

Should you try it?

If you are stalled in your weight loss efforts, or if you are battling issues with overeating, this might be the answers to your prayers. You do not have much to lose, except some weight. Here is some more good reading material on intermittent fasting to help you make your decision.

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