Intermittent fasting (IF) isn't for everyone, in fact, there are many people who should avoid this type of diet altogether, such as those with diabetes and women who are pregnant.
For those who are otherwise healthy—and have the time and resources to follow an IF-style diet—this type of eating pattern can help you improve focus and even assist you in weight loss efforts. The only issue is IF isn't an easy lifestyle to adopt, especially if you have an inconsistent or busy work schedule. However, new research pinpoints the type of IF diet most people may be comfortable following.
According to a new study from the University of Surrey and published in the journal Appetite found that, of the 608 people surveyed, more than 400 believed they could reduce their feeding window by three hours if clear health benefits were associated with the practice.
For context, the majority of participants in the study said they typically had a feeding window (aka the window of time in which they ate food) between 10 and 14 hours on both workdays and non-workdays. However, their willingness to participate in a restricted feeding schedule dramatically declined as the time-restricted feeding window increased.
More specifically, only 20% believed they could reduce their feeding window by four or more hours, whereas 85% believed they could cut it by just 30 minutes. There are various types of IF diets, the most popular of which include the 16/8 method which calls for fasting 14-16 hours, and eating between an 8-10 hour window daily.
There's also an alternate-day fasting method, which typically allows you to eat normally for four days of the week and then just a few hundred calories on the alternate days. In short, there are many methods of the IF diet you could follow, but the key may be to ease yourself into the eating pattern by gradually decreasing your eating window by 30 minutes at a time.
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