No matter which diet you follow – from Paleo to Keto – or even if you don’t have a specific eating plan, intermittent fasting can have some serious fat-burning and gut-healing benefits. Intermittent fasting itself is not a diet, but rather a lifestyle where you only eat during a specific time window.
There are different daily time windows to choose from with an intermittent fasting lifestyle – including 12 hours, 10 hours, or 8 hours. Or, there are patterns like one meal a day (OMAD), every other day fasting (fast one full day, then eat normally the next), alternate day fasting (36 hour fast, 12 hour feed), and the Warrior Diet (20 hour fast, 4 hour feed).
Without getting too sciencey, a daily fasting cycle can balance the fat burning hormone leptin by syncing your body clock with your circadian rhythm. When you are constantly eating day and night, your body has a tough time with the leptin signals, and you can end up feeling hungry even though you have plenty of energy stored. When your body gets the leptin signals, you feel satiated.
There have been numerous studies about the benefits of intermittent fasting. But, instead of getting into all of those details today, I’m going to assume that you have already read about those benefits, and now you are looking for the right tool to help you make the transition into the intermittent fasting lifestyle.
You’re bound to find an awesome intermittent fasting calculator in this list.