Here is what you need to know about Intermittent Fasting: It’s awesome. It can increase your energy, make you feel lighter and get rid of the feeling that you are a slave to your food.
You already know what to eat during your feeding window and how to behave when you are fasting (if you don’t, you should check out THIS video).
But many of you ask: How to schedule my eating window, what to look out for when I am making this decision?
Ronan suggests you look at these 4 things before you decide:
Does your family have some habits around food? Is there a specific meal you are used to eating together? You might want to reconsider choosing to have early dinner if it causes friction for the rest of your family. And that would mean IF would be more harm than good for you.
Social Gatherings ??
Does your company organize communal breakfast every week? Are you used to Sunday brunch with friends? You will be able to entertain rare exceptions but if these are regular gatherings, it’s important to take them into consideration before you set up your feeding window.
Make sure you don’t stretch your body by eating too close to your bedtime. The digestion process is not something you want to take to bed 🙂 It affects the quality of your sleep and sometimes even the ability to fall asleep in the first place because it raises the temperature of your body. A body focused on digestion will not allow you to have a good night sleep, which will lead to you waking up hungry.
Workout time ?
This should especially be your concern if you are doing any kind of high-intensity training such as heavy weight lifting, CrossFit, sprinting and others. If that’s your case, you should schedule your eating window in a way that your high-intensity training falls within your feeding window. If you go hungry, you performance might be impaired and you may feel weak. You don’t have to worry about this if you do lighter exercise.
If you are flexible and it doesn’t make a difference for you, we would suggest you have your meals in the first part of the day to support your biological clock 🙂