THE ART OF SETTING YOUR EATING WINDOW
If you want to give a different role to the food you eat. If you want to stop using food for filling in your emotional needs and start eating food to sustain your energy and vitality, read below what chrononutrition has to offer.
With these different methods of chrononutrition, you can change the course of three meals a day and snacks. Each practice offers a different cursor between your eating and fasting window, because one size does not fit all.
Do you need to eat every second hour of the day? Short daily fasting regimens or Time-Restricted Feeding
a. The 16/8: you consume all your food in an eight hours window and stay hydrated during the next 16 hours (including your sleep hours). The fasting window can be reduced to 12 hours or extended up to 20 hours.
b. OMAD = One Meal A Day: you consume all your calories in one meal and wait for the following day to have some food again
Do you need to eat every day? Intermittent Fasting
a. One day fast, also called eat-stop-eat: you drink only water and herbal teas during 24 hours, once a week and resume your habitual eating patterns the other days. You can push the fasting window up to 36 hours once a week.
b. 5:2 diet: originally popularized by journalist Michael Mosely, you eat up to 500 calories two days a week and eat as you normally do every other day.
Do you need to adopt the same rhythm all year long? Extended fast (Vitality Fasting)
Beyond 42 hours without solid food is considered as an extended fast. This type of fasting is usually implemented twice a year as maintenance. This type of fasting needs good preparation and supervision.
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A lot of people get great results with some of these methods. But (Intermittent) fasting is not for everyone. It is another tool in the toolbox that can be useful for some people. If you decide to try this out, then keep in mind that the content of your plate when you do eat is as important as your eating window.
Life is about the balance between feast and fast. Approaching fasting with care and mindfulness will give you the results you are looking for.