I, myself, prefer a 16 hour fast because it offers all of the main benefits of fasting for an extended period of time, while also not being too incredibly difficult.
My First Time
The first time I tried fasting, I skipped breakfast and had six ounces of salmon for lunch. (It turns out you can have up to 400 calories and still get the health benefits of fasting.)
How’d it go? I was a bit grumpy at night. But I slept well. And the next day, I felt amazing. I was noticeably sharper, more alert and cheerful.
A Few Benefits
Intermittent fasting may reduce the risk of obesity and obesity-related conditions, such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. However, the data gathered is supported by animal trials and further human studies need to be conducted. ( )
How Long Is Long Enough?
You don’t need to go all day starving yourself. Simply eating within a 10-hour window has been shown to improve sleep, increase weight loss, and reduce cancer risk.
This could mean eating your first meal of the day at 8 a.m. and your last meal at 6 p.m. (No late night snacks!)
Try doing a short fast (24 hours) to see how your body responds. It’s a great way to lose weight, improve overall health and stay mentally sharp.
What Is The Best Type Of “Fast”?
The best type of fast is the one that works best for YOU.
Many people like to try juice fasts and smoothie fasts because of their popularity, but they often complain that they’re still hungry after their meal replacements.
The Bottom Line
If you are able to easily make it through your fast with peak energy and focus, you’ve found the right one.
If you are dreading every second and eyeing the clock for the moment it’s time to eat, you might want to try a different one OR work your way into a full fast.