Changing Your Eating Habits for the Better
Today’s podcast is all about Intermittent Fasting, what it is, how to do it, and how it’s actually hit the mainstream. Seems to me that now is a good time to try Intermittent Fasting – you won’t have the usual temptations to cheat and/or give up.
I talk about 4 main types of fasting and a couple of other variations on those as well. The easiest (I think) to do is the Restricted Eating Window Diet (REWD) which the Harvard Women’s Health Watch Newsletter calls Daily Timed Fasting. That is eating usual food during an 8 hour timeframe and fasting for the other 16 hours of the day. That’s the kind that I do.
Then there is the 3:4 Diet where you fast for 3 days out of the week (24 hours at a time). I think that’s a bit more difficult to do. The Low-Calorie Diet where you limit your calories to 500-700 per day on 3 days a week. And the fourth type is a combination of the Daily Timed / REWD and the Low-Calorie diets. For that you do the 8:16 hour windows and limit your calories on 2-3 out of the 7 days per week.
Don’t forget to drink your usual amount of water and keep up your exercising, especially doing strength training. As I said earlier – being at home as we are now will actually make it easier to transition to Intermittent Fasting and build it into your daily life.
Please let me know below if you try Intermittent Fasting and how it’s working for you as it is very good for your health. As always, if you have any special health issues you should check with your doctor /health professional before starting any of these diets.
Here are a couple of my favorite books that talk about fasting in the context of overall health:
The Longevity Paradox: How to Die Young at a Ripe Old Age
by Stephen R. Gundry, MD
Food Fix: How to Save Our Health, Our Economy, Our Communities, and Our Planet–One Bite at a Time
by Dr. Mark Hyman, MD
Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How Your Body Can Health Itself
by William W. Li, MD