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I’ve never been one to follow diet rules, but at the same time I’m fascinated by the idea of intermittent fasting, which is the focus of Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion, which is now available for purchase.
I talked a little bit about this book in an earlier post and shared an interview with the author, but I wanted to touch a little more deeply today on what the diet is actually about.
What is Intermittent Fasting?
Just like it sounds, intermittent fasting means that for a certain period of time each day you refrain from eating and focus your meals in a smaller window of the day.
How long you fast versus how much time you have to eat each day can vary depending on the diet you are looking at.
In the case of Always Eat, you’re given an 8 hour window in which to eat the day’s meals.
“Going without breakfast is part of intermittent fasting (IF), also called time-restricted feeding (TRF). IF is a pattern of food consumption that cycles between fasting and eating in specific time periods. There are various ways to do it; one of the most common is the 16/8 protocol, which involves 16 hours of fasting—typically done overnight—with an 8-hour window in which to eat each day.”Joel Marion
Why Does it Work?
Proponents of intermittent fasting say that when you are limited by the time you can eat, you tend to eat less. Studies have show, for instance, that people who eat breakfast consume more calories throughout the day than people who skip it.
Marion says that intermittent fasting improves the levels of hormones in the body that affect hunger, blood sugar and metabolism, including insulin. He claims that neurotransmitters and hormones released by the brain help people who are fasting to burn more fat through the day.
I don’t know about all that, but it does seem like once you got used to eating only at particular times of day it would be easier to diet this way because you know food is off limits the rest of the time.
What is the Intermittent Fasting Diet Like?
Always Eat doesn’t have a lot of strict rules about what you eat in the times when eating is allowed. Carbs are allowed, and there’s a focus on getting lots of protein and healthy fats.
I have trouble following diet plans presented in books because there are a lot of things I don’t eat (like beef and pork) so often the recipes don’t work for me. But I’ve got to say the recipes in this book look great even if they would need some alteration in my world.
For example, don’t these chili-loaded baked potatoes look amazing?
Learn more about the book and how to purchase here.
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