Intermittent Fasting-a fad?
Happily, this is one topic that is actually backed up by loads of good data and science! Remember my example of previous generations eating just 3 meals a day? That was a form of intermittent fasting (IF). IF is simply a period of no calorie intake between meals. If you finished dinner at 7pm, and ate breakfast at 7am, that would be a 12-hour fast. Any length of fasting allows insulin levels to remain extremely low, and allow the body to access its own fat stores for energy.
The periods of fasting can be extended to get greater results. Not only does this help with weight loss, but it helps to reverse insulin resistance. This doesn't mean that longer fasting is always better though. Even shorter fasts, when practiced consistently, can yield results.
For myself, I found that skipping breakfast became the habit that I could be consistent with. Contrary to what we had been taught growing up, breakfast is not the most important meal of the day. In fact, it is not even necessary! Again, once the body adapts to not getting a meal immediately upon waking, it stops asking for it too. The urge just simply disappears. And you know what else? I found that I didn't crash mid-morning anymore once I stopped having a morning meal. Not having to worry about breakfast was also time saving too!
There is no right or wrong way to fast. Simply by cutting out snacking, you will have naturally increased your fasting windows and your body's ability to access its fat stores!