A Beginner’s Guide to INTERMITTENT FASTING | What it is and How to Get Started


– Everyday what I do is eat for eight hours and I fast for 16. So from about 10 in the morning ’til six, for this, I ate way too much
and then nothing after that. – Okay then, what is intermittent fasting and what’s so damn good about it anyways? (suspenseful music) Intermittent fasting is not a diet. It is an eating pattern. The basic premise is that
you fast for 16 or more hours and then only eat during an
eight or fewer hour window and yes, sleeping hours count
as part of the fasting time. So what are the main benefits
of intermittent fasting? Well for one, it promotes burning fat. Let’s put it in simple terms. Basically your body
prefers to gets its energy from a recently consumed meal. However when you’re in a fasted state, there is no recently consumed meal. You will then be more likely to be using the fat stored in your
body as an energy source because you don’t have
the energy from a recently consumed meal to pull from. This benefit is amplified if you work out during a fasted state. I mean you would literally
fuel your workout with your own body fat. How cool is that? There are also tons of
other health benefits. According to Dr. Mark
Mattson in a 2014 TED Talk, intermittent fasting
will reduce inflammation and reduce oxidative stress and organ systems throughout the body. In fact, he also attached this slide, which shows the other numerous benefits of intermittent fasting. I don’t know about you, but
anything that might make me healthier is worth trying
out and you’ll also be less likely to overeat. If normal people eat three meals a day, they have three opportunities to overeat. But if you only eat one or
two meals during an eight hour window, you’ll have significantly fewer opportunities to overeat. I mean you could only stuff so much food in your face at once. Not overeating meaning you’re less likely to become obese in the
first place and as you know, obesity itself is a huge problem and puts you at risk for a lot
of other medical conditions. You’ll save time and energy. In our fast-paced world, time is precious. Instead of having to prepare, sit down, eat your meal and do the
dishes three times a day, you now only have to do it once or twice and since you’re probably
eating less food, you’ll save on grocery bills. Intermittent fasting boosts your brain. Going back to the TED
Talk by Mark Mattson, he describes fasting as
a challenge to the brain and your brain responds to
that challenge by adapting stress response pathways that help your brain cope with
stress and resists disease. Imagine you’re a caveman or cavewoman. You only really get a satisfying meal when you hunt and make a
kill and you may very well go days without making a kill. So you’re basically
fasting in between kills. Do you think that your brain is gonna shut down during
those fasting periods when you don’t have food? Of course not. Your brain is gonna be working its ass off coming up with a solution to
this lack of food problem. That’s how we evolved as a species. We were not designed by nature to eat three squared meals a day. That is a luxury created
by the modern world. I know, I know, it’s hard
to wrap it around your head. You were probably told
since you were a kid that you needed to have three meals a day and a good breakfast. While I wouldn’t consider
myself a conspiracy theorist, there are some not so pure reasons why three meals a day became a standard. – Smells like government. – Think about it for a second. What do you think would happen if we stopped eating three meals a day and only ate one or two? Well, we’ve established earlier that you would probably
eat less and if you less, the food industry would
probably make less money and then you’d be healthier
because you’re not overeating. You think the pharmaceutical
industry is gonna make any money off healthy people? Probably not. Newsflash, everyone. The corporations are lying to you. They don’t care if you’re healthy. They want your money so
if you’re not careful, you’ll lose a lot more than money. Now that we’ve talked a little bit about intermittent fasting,
you’re probably wondering how do I get started? Well first decide how many hours you’re gonna fast and how
many you’re gonna eat. The easiest way to start is by doing a 16 hour fast with an
eight hour eating with it. The hours you sleep count
as part of your fast so I would definitely put those hours in your fasting period. It really doesn’t matter which eight hours you pick and it doesn’t even have to be the same eight hours everyday. It just needs to work for you. Something like eating from 12-8 PM or 11 AM to 7 PM is a pretty good start since you only need to skip breakfast. Next, make sure things
are aligned to your goals. If you want to lose weight and be healthy, you will still need to
consume fewer calories than you burn and eat nutritious food. You can’t do a 20 hour fast,
eat a 5,000 calorie cheesecake and then expect to lose
weight and be healthy. Intermittent fasting is not a magic pill. It’ll enhance a good diet, but it won’t make a shitty diet good. So try it out and let me know
how it goes in the comments. As with any change to your eating habits, you might feel a little
cranky at the beginning. That’s okay, that’s normal. Just power through. Remember that our early
ancestors sometimes went days without food and as always,
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Reader Comments

  1. Woody Butler

    Some good info! Just a reminder Ted talks are not a scientific source. Also suggesting working out during a fasting period has a lot of complications, and "fueling a workout with body fat" will of course have incredibly poor results for muscle development

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  3. Michael Masters

    Thanks for sharing! I definitely don't know the science behind the info, but you appear to be in pretty great health. Has intermittent fasting given you the health benefits you've desired personally?

  4. Traveling On a Shoestring

    Loved the video. Without seeing this I had noticed this to be true for me to. If I can stop eating after 6 PM no matter what I eat within reason I still lose weight.
    Didnt know there was science behind it

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