Multiple studies have proven that intermittent fasting helps people lose fat and that is the reason that a large number of people are now turning towards it. Let us tell you beforehand, intermittent fasting is not a diet but an eating style. It does not really change what you eat but how you eat it. It requires behavior change towards food.
When you fast for long hours, your body enters the post–absorptive state, wherein it is not busy digesting and processing a meal. It is during that phase when the body burns fat since your insulin levels are low. This fat remains inaccessible when the body is in a fed state and absorbing food.
Since intermittent fasting does not make you change your eating behavior, you don’t feel deprived. You are allowed a specific window wherein you can eat whatever you like. There have been reports that intermittent also reduces the risk of cancer and increases life span.
Fasting straight up for 16-18 hours may not be easy for you, so it is best to begin with a 12-hour intermittent fasting. Once you get into a habit of 12-hour fasting, go on to 16-18 hours which will allow you to eat for 8 hours or 6 hours respectively. You can decide the slot as per your convenience – start fasting from 7.30 pm to 11.30 am or 10 pm to 2pm and decide your feasting time accordingly.