I don't eat until midday (almost) every day of the week. And no, it's not because I'm too busy (although I do appreciate that it saves me time not having to eat breakfast).
It's because I practice Intermittent Fasting, or more specifically the 16/8 diet.
There are many benefits to intermittent fasting including:
- Regulating blood sugar
- Focus & energy
- Supporting weight loss
- Decreasing inflammation
- Improved cognitive function
- Stimulation of autophagy
- Improved blood pressure
- A new relationship with food
Personally, I've experienced great results with intermittent fasting, mainly in feeling less bloated and distended after meals. With my clients, I have also witnessed tremendous benefits, including weight loss, fewer sugar cravings, a decreased appetite, and, as a result feeling more confident in their bodies.
The 16/8 intermittent fasting formula that I follow and recommend to my clients means not eating for 16 hours and then eating 2 meals (+ 1 snack if needed) in an 8-hour "feeding" window. Typically I finish eating my evening meal by 8 PM and break-my-fast at 12 PM the next day.
Whilst you can't eat anything during the fasted stage you can drink:
- black coffee
- black tea
- herbal tea
- keto coffee
Most days I drink lots of water and one double espresso. But occasionally, especially on cold mornings, I feel like I need something more substantial, which is when I'm grateful for the keto coffee.
What's keto coffee?
Keto coffee is basically fat combined with coffee/raw cacao/matcha.
Because it contains neither carbs or protein it keeps you in a form of fasting where you are burning your own fat rather than glucose for energy. Pretty cool! Because of the fat it helps to fill you up and makes the fast easier.
You can get all the deets plus the full recipe for keto coffee (including a vegan version) in my Intermittent Fasting 101:
The Ultimate Beginners Guide to the 16/8 diet.
I know at the outset the idea of intermittent fasting can feel a little daunting, I assure you that once it becomes a habit it's much easier to sustain. Oh - and by the way - it's not something you have to do everyday. If you want to take the weekend off, or you go on holiday (you lucky thing!) and can't resist the breakfast buffet it's no biggie. You can hop on and off the intermittent fasting train as often as you like. But, as with most things, consistency is key for reaching your goals.
If you have any questions, I'm here for you! If you don't find the answer in my guide come and DM me over on Instagram, I am happy to to be of assistance xx