One of the most popular fitness trends nowadays is intermittent fasting, the practice of setting a specific pattern for your eating time. There are different methods of this kind of fasting but the 16/8 is known to be the simplest among them all–allotting only 8 hours for eating, while maintaining a fasted state for 16 hours.
Many individuals have started doing this for many health reasons, other than just wanting to lose weight. And for those who embarked on this fitness journey, here are some things you might probably relate to!
1. The agony of waiting
Before intermittent fasting, you can eat not only whatever but also whenever you want to. And now that you’re actually doing this method, you spend 8 hours or so sleeping and the other 8 hours waiting for the time when you’re actually allowed to eat again which is seemingly the longest 8 hours of our lives.
2. No more midnight snackin’
Since the next time you’re allowed to eat again the following day is patterned with the last time you ate the day before, you would want to eat dinner the earliest time possible so that you can eat earlier the next day. Yup, that means sacrificing your late night munchies A.K.A. goodbye to your midnight cravings! Better sleep it off!
3. Your water intake
With intermittent fasting, your water intake surely increases, since the key to forgetting the unnecessary hunger is drinking lots and lots of water, which is great because staying hydrated is also what you need for a healthier body, anyway. Here's to hitting two birds with one stone!
4. Lesser night outs to completely none on weekdays
Since you’re only allowed to drink water, black coffee, tea, and other non caloric beverages during your fasted state, going on night outs, with all the food and drinks you’re going to have there, would only make your eating time the next day farther than it actually is. So you get lesser night outs or even none at all if you start your day early on weekdays.
5. Hitting the sack early
With all the adjustments intermittent fasting entails, another possible solution for your struggle is having an earlier bedtime. Getting enough sleep (an average of 8 hours or more) doesn’t just mean enough energy for the next day, but you also get to wait shorter for your next meal!
Intermittent fasting may seem too difficult in the beginning, requiring you a lot of hard work, self-discipline, and all that. But then you realize, as you go along this journey, not only your body gets used to it, but also your mind–making this kind of healthy lifestyle an easy-peasy one!
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