Daily Intermittent Fasting (DIF) is the practice of only eating a certain part of the day, while not eating anything during the remaining hours. DIF spans from fasting for a minimum of 12 hours to only eating one meal a day. Previously we discussed the health benefits of intermittent fasting. Check out that article here: In this article, I will explain this daily practice and talk about my experience with DIF.
How to eat on DIF
As described above you’re free to choose your own eating window, as long as you fast for a minimum of 12 hours. You can for example eat your last meal at 8 p.m. and eat breakfast again at 8 in the morning. This allows your body to properly digest the food and focus on other tasks, like fighting off harmful pathogens. Keep in mind though, that the longer the fast, the more benefits it will bring. Because of this I like to stick to a 5-hour eating window. This means I usually eat a small meal around 5 p.m. and a bigger one around 8 p.m.
My Experience with DIF
When I started Daily Intermittent Fasting it got some getting used to. But after a few weeks I got the hang of it and started to notice the benefits. Here is what I noticed:
-Although the first day of fasting might result in incredible hunger, this will disappear around the third day. I’m now better able to feel if my body is truly in need of food and most of the time it simply isn’t.
-Before I started DIF I felt bloated often, but not anymore. When I eat too much during a meal I might experience this feeling again and if I do, I make sure to fast until this feeling completely disappears, before eating again.
-While fasting, I experience more mental clarity. Many people experience sleepiness after eating and so do I. Thanks to DIF I can now focus much better and longer than before.
-Weight loss is another bonus. Although most of the weight loss is thanks to less food in my system, I do notice that my body is getting tighter, while my muscle mass is still increasing. This is because I take in enough calories to allow my muscles to develop, but by eating less often, I force my body to draw energy from my fat storage instead of only taking glucose from my food.
How about bad experiences?
Although some people swear by it, I noticed that for me, fasting before exercising is not a good idea. When I tried this I felt nauseated and tired, all signs that my body didn’t have enough energy. Especially when you’re new to DIF I recommend to schedule your eating window before exercising.
Daily Intermittent Fasting can have great benefits when done right. But always keep in mind that everyone responds differently. Don’t be afraid to experiment to see what works for you. I’m sure you will come to love it!