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Intermittent fasting (or IF) is a popular new trend in dieting.

In this post I would like to explain what it is and how it might be beneficial for weight loss.

First off, what is intermittent fasting? IF is simply eating all of your daily allotment of food in a small window and then having an extended window where you eat nothing (and in some cases drink nothing as well). In our Cincinnati and Northern KY weight loss offices we rely heavily on IF for its weight loss benefits. Now, it must be made clear that there are many different ways to implement IF. There are fasts that last multiple days, fasts that alternate, OMAD, etc. (more to come on these in a future blog) In this case we are talking about what’s best for fat loss. In my experience (and based on a majority of data I have read) the best way to do intermittent fasting for weight loss is by eating all of your days food in a 6 hour window. This is most commonly what we recommend in our weight loss offices. This means that once you begin eating you will finish all of your food within 6 hours. This would give you an 18 hour window where your body would not be given any fuel and you would be reliant on body fat for energy. IF helps to control hunger, calories and insulin levels. We have seen great results with IF. It can be a difficult transition if you are accustomed to eating throughout the day but the human body is very good at adapting.

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