Intermittent Fasting: Benefits, How-to, and Tips
Intermittent fasting is one of the most effective ways to take care of your physical, mental and spiritual health.
You can use intermittent fasting to lose weight, improve your health, live longer, simplify your lifestyle, and overcome certain addictions.
Many diets focus on what to eat, but intermittent fasting is all about when you eat.
With intermittent fasting, you only eat during a specific time. You're fasting for a certain number of hours each day or eating just one meal a couple of days a week.
Intermittent fasting is not something unusual but a part of everyday, normal life.
It is perhaps the oldest and most powerful dietary intervention imaginable.
Yet somehow we have missed its power and overlooked its therapeutic potential.
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Thanks Kees, for your great input. Next time please do it in English,as we have an International community here. If you don’t feel confident with your English, just use Google translate…
I’ve been doing it for over two months now: 16 hours of fasting a day. And it helps to bring my weight back gradually. Now about 5 kilos. The other positive consequences are a nice bonus. Someday I will also try 5-2. I thought you had to fast for 2 days in a row. But two random days at 25% = 1 meal per day should work. I want to buy the book: The Fast Diet?
Ik doe het nu ruim twee maanden: 16 uur vasten per dag. En het helpt mijn gewicht geleidelijk terug te brengen. Inmiddels een kilo of 5. De andere positieve gevolgen zijn mooi meegenomen. Ooit zal ik ook 5-2 gaan uitproberen. Ik dacht dat je dan 2 dagen achtereen volledig moest vasten. Maar twee willekeurige dagen op 25% = 1 maaltijd per dag moet lukken. Ik wil het boek kopen: The Fast Diet?
What about the 16/8 intermittent fasting method, where you eat every day during a window of 8 hours and fast for 16 hours, in comparison to the 5/2 system. Is one preferred over the other, or are they equally beneficial?
The main principle of intermittent fasting is calorie restriction for a period of time.
We tried different ways, and for the last 2 years we’re on 16/8 (16 hours of fasting each day).
From my experience, whatever works for you – do it.
It’s more important to give your digestive system and body a rest from eating regularly, than which system you follow.
Been doing I.F. for a couple of years now. Better health and energy. And, indeed, it’s not rules set in stone… listen to your body: sometimes you can fast for longer, sometimes your body needs more than the minimum!
Thanks Bastiaan for your contribution.
Curious to know what works for you and how YOU do the intermittent fasting
I’ve heard about this diet. I think it might help me, especially with the mental attitude towards “feeling” hunger. I’m a bit hesitant because I had an eating disorder a long time ago. I’ll pick a day and then try it.
Thanks Manny for your input.
However Intermitted diet is NOT a diet. It’s NOT about losing kilo (although you can), it’s a way of living that gives your body the rest that it needs in order to function as it should.
Modern habits of eating has damaged our body from functioning as it was designed to do and this allows you to return to the natural rhythm of processing food in your body.
Thanks, Vered. You’re right. It is not a diet. I tried it last Saturday and I must say that it had a positive effect. Maybe a strange way to put it, but I feel ‘cleaner’ somehow.
That’s correct Manny. The feeling is as if an inner cleansing is taking place…
Curious to know if you’d challenge yourself to try it once or twice a week for a month and see the effect of it on your body and how you feel with it
Intermittent fasting is super, not difficult for me and my husband at all. We feel more energetic during the day. No urge for in-between snacks. Better night rest and loosing weight. No crash diet but gradually loosing weight.
I recommend it, just start!
Thanks Tine for your wonderful sharing on yoru experience how you use intermittent fasting
Thank you so much. I had never heard of this diet but I am going to check it out and see. Sounds healthy.
I learned about this a few months ago and brought my eating moments back from 6 to 3. Now I am planning a day to eat less. I also wonder if this might improve certain chronic conditions.
Thanks for your input Jolanda.
Intermitted Fasting is known to lower down (and even eliminate) inflammation in the body which the cause of many chronic conditions.
Thanks for the video and inspiration. Actualy …. I never tried. And I know I should. So…I’ll make a plan and do it. See what works for me.
Great to hear that Maria.
Keep us posted how it goes.
you inspire me to do it again and implement in my lifestyle
That’s great to hear Andrea.
Curious to know how would you do it? What would be YOUR way of doing Intermittent Fasting?
Hi Vered, I decided that Monday and Thursday not to eat from 15 till 7 o’clock.
And if I travel, it’s a good excuses to avoid junk food.
I discuss with myself for if I cannot better have breakfast and then fast or breakfast+lunch and then stop to eat.
I’m in the process of testing what work better for me.
A little question: is there a way to get notify if you of somebody else answer to my reaction on your blog?
Hi Andrea, thanks for your wonderful input and comment.
The best way to find out what works for you is doing what you described… testing!
I know that after testing all kinds of ways I found out that for me the best way is eating lunch around 14:30 and then fasting until the next day either breakfast at 10:00/11:00 or fasting nearly 24 hours and having lunch around 12:30/13:00.
As for your question – we’re checking the possibility, we used to have that option so we need to fix it.
happy to follow you and Nisandeh again.
You were big role model for my development and I hope to see you soon live
Thanks Andrea for your kind and loving words.
Very nice to see how you have picked this up Nisandeh! I can remember when I gave you the information as you mention in the video.
And sure it works!
I was introduced to Intermittent Fasting a few years ago by US physician dr. David Jockers.
My way of practicing it: every Tuesday and Friday I don’t eat anything until 3 pm.
When starting out, I was surprised how quickly my body and mind were able to cope with this new physical and mental hurdle.
I must say I do not experience any noticeable difference, but I’m convinced practicing Intermittent Fasting is a beneficial thing for my system.
Thanks Henk for your contribution.
Great to read in your version of it.
Well, this is timely. On Tuesday, which is today, every week, I just eat breakfast and a little plant-based yoghurt in the evening. On Saturday and Sunday I don’t eat until 1PM.
It is no effort and helps me to stay the weight I want to be (next to the longevity benefits).
Great to hear that Elske. Thanks for your great contribution.
The whole idea of Intermittent Fasting is to let the body relax for more than 16-18 hours… If this works for you that’s great!
Thank you ? for the Video.
I will definitely try it.
I am curios what it will do.
I thought before it is about not eating 16 hours every day.
For example from 19:00 pm to 11 am next day.
Also kind of : giving you body rest.
I tried that for several weeks, but it didn’t change anything.
Have seen the most of the video. And his body checks were taking. I always have to watch my food an weight. I have a open diaphragm and when I have too much food or when my weight is rising. The pressure on or in my stomach get to much. And in mostly bending.the sour! Food comes out the stomach and burns my oesophagus and throat and I start coughing. So this is a good alarm for me. But it could be better to make it a habit. To have enough space, and not only a little. I gone try it for a month.
How do you deal with energy necessity while doing this?
intermitting fasting is what I do for years, it’s my natural rhythm. Most what I eat is vegetables, fruit, soup and some crackers. I don’t like bread so much and even pasta is mostly too much. I also make use of supplements.
That’s great to read Hanny. Thank you so much for your contribution.
Would love to hear what times do you eat and how do you do the intermitting fasting?
I do Intermittent Fasting every other week. With kids, it’s hard to do, without them, I eat 2 meals a day and a snack, within 8 hours.
Thanks Gerdy for your contribution.
Curious to know then what times do you eat?
I eat at 11 my breakfast, around 3 my snack (I usually make home made “ontbijtkoek” or otherwise a few nuts) and then at 6 my dinner. Might change sometimes, when I have a meeting from 10-12:30 I prefer to eat before that. Then also my dinner is earlier.