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Hey, it’s Ellen Britt, co-publisher of the IF Insider, here with your IF longevity tip of the week.
What do we mean by the term “intermittent fasting?” Our definition of intermittent fasting means fasting daily for a certain number of hours, including sleep, and then eating within a reasonable window that can be flexible in length. This type of fasting, also known as daily time-restricted eating, has many benefits, including improved digestion, increased focus and energy levels, and better control over food cravings. It can also help reduce inflammation, improve brain health, and encourage weight loss.
While the exact length of the fasting and the eating windows can vary depending on the individual, most people who practice intermittent fasting will choose to fast for between 16 to 20 hours and eat within a 4 to 8-hour window. One thing to remember is that it is not necessary for either your fasting or feasting window to be completely rigid in terms of number of hours.
Once you find what we call your fasting “sweet spot,” you may want to set a minimum number of fasting hours for yourself and then stick to that on most days. Some days, you may get busy with something and go over, and that’s perfectly fine. And other days, life happens such as family celebrations, so you simply cut your fasting hours short. Tomorrow is another day and you simply begin again. Remember, this is a lifestyle, not a diet!
What’s your fasting sweet spot? Share it in the comments.
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