Intermittent Fasting, the most talked about topic amongst millennials is up for discussion. As we all know it is not just a fad as it has been followed for years and years, and has still not died down. Clearly there is some good to it that is driving the masses.
Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating. It can be of various kinds, the most popular being the 16:8 hour fasting window where out of a 24 hour day, you get to eat all your meals within a span of 8 hours and the other 16 hours you fast.*
*Fasting hours mean you can only have water or black tea or coffee without any sugar or milk.
Intermittent fasting has worked for almost everyone because of the simple logic that once your eating window shrinks to 1/3rd of it's actual, your calorie consumption goes down automatically which inturn leads to fat loss. When your calories consumed are lower than the calories burnt in a day your body starts to lose weight, whereas when you consume more than you are burning you are likely to put on the kgs. No complicated science is required to explain the principle, the method simply works for people who find it easy to skip meals.
Intermittent fasting is meant to be beneficial for reducing cancer risk, increasing lifespan and cardiovascular health. Having said that, it is not for everyone as some forget the calories and go all out during the eating window.
One should choose whatever works best for them in terms of consistency and sustainability.