Going fast

The emails from a couple of weeks ago initiated some conversations around meal timing, particularly for those who are having success with different forms of fasting.

The most popular form of fasting right now is intermittent fasting (aka time-restricted eating) which involves consuming all food intake during an allocated window (often eight hows) and refraining from food intake outside of this window.

The practical application of this for most people is to skip breakfast and eat two meals per day.

If you aren’t hungry when you go to bed, this means you’re only really noticeably fasting from waking until lunch.

Other approaches to fasting include restricted energy intake on a particular day/s of the week, or a particular timeframe before an event (ie. surgery).

Fasting itself is simply the absence of food/energy intake for a period of time.

We all fast to some degree overnight and between meals, but fasting tends to have a structure that goes beyond typical routine.

Some fasting protocols, particularly religious or medical, may also omit fluids during the fasting phase.

But when it comes to fasting to weight loss, we are typically just referring to foods and energy-containing beverages.

Water, tea, black coffee and other energy-free beverages can be useful to maintain adherence whilst fasting, alongside promoting hydration.

Tom Fitzgerald