Time Restricted Eating – What you need to know

Time Restricted Eating - What you need to know

Let’s talk about intermittent fasting or, to be more precise time-restricted eating.⁠

Time-restricted eating is when you limit your feeding window = the time when you eat to a certain number of hours per day. In its most basic form, you fast for 12 hours and eat for the other 12.⁠

The longer the fasting period, the more time you give your body to “keep the house tidy”, repair cells and “take out the trash”.⁠ This process is called autophagy and refers to removing damaged cells to regenerate newer, healthier ones. It’s beneficial for overall health and enhances your lifespan.⁠

Autophagy declines as we age. Cells that no longer work may do harm or multiply, which is how cancer begins.⁠

With that in mind, here are a few things worth knowing:⁠
1. Listen to your body. Like everything, you must find what works for you – not your best friend, colleague or husband. It’s your body; some things work well for you, while others don’t.⁠
2. Start slowly and ease into a longer fast carefully. Switching to a 16:8 fast from one day to the other can be unnecessarily stressful for your body.⁠
3. If you’re doing it to lose weight, be aware that you’re not automatically losing weight. How many calories you consume during your feeding window and how active you are is still important. ⁠
4. It takes a bit of time to start autophagy, and – again – it depends on the individual. A 16-hour overnight fast is a good starting point, but your body might need longer. ⁠
5. If you want to stay in autophagy, the only thing allowed is plain water, tea or black coffee – no flavoured sweet-tasting water, bullet coffee or a teaspoon of nut butter – nothing. ⁠
6. You don’t need a 16-hour fast every day to see results. You can see them fasting 3-4 times a week for just 12 hours.⁠
7. Women’s hormones are extremely sensitive to longer fasts. Some women can handle it, and others can’t – it depends on your body. ⁠
8. It is common for women to see adverse effects of fasts longer than 12-14 hours, including weight gain.⁠

Don’t fast if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding or have a history of eating disorders.⁠

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