If there was one intermittent fasting protocol that most people tend to try first, it is probably the 16-8 protocol. Also called LeanGains, the 16-8 fasting protocol is good for beginners because you donít go as long in between eating periods. Many people struggle with IF that requires going 24 hours or longer without eating or drinking anything, so this can be a good one to start with. Here is more information about LeanGains.
Benefits of the 16-8 Protocol
Ease of following this protocol is one of the main benefits. You arenít having to go 24 hours between meals, which can be very hard for some people. This is what is involved in the Warrior Diet or the Eat-Stop-Eat method of intermittent fasting. With the LeanGains, or 16-8, you are only going 16 hours without eating. Keep in mind a lot of this is while you are sleeping, so there are just a few hours in the morning and a few hours in the evening where you are not eating while awake.
You can also reduce your hunger as your body becomes accustomed to the protocol, and burn all the stubborn fat your body has been holding onto. Don’t forget the convenience of only eating 8 hours out of the day, instead of trying to plan and schedule meals every few hours.
How to do the 16-8 Protocol
This is one of the simplest intermittent fasting protocols, which is why it also happens to be one of the most popular. If you think about it, going 16 hours without eating really isnít a huge stretch. Think about the weekends when you plan to go to brunch at lunchtime; you probably donítí eat until noon or 1 in the afternoon. Depending on when you ate the night before, this might easily be 16 hours later or longer. You just need to schedule your meals accordingly so that you eat for 8 hours, then fast for the next 16, and repeat.
Tips for Doing the 16-8 Fasting Protocol
If you’re new to intermittent fasting or just this protocol, here are some tips that can help:
Consider fasting more in the morning ñ With an 8-hour eating window, you can choose to schedule it during any time, then fast for the following 16 hours. If you tend to munch at night or like going out with friends in the evenings, you might be better off starting fasting late, then skipping breakfast and eating a late lunch the following day.
Skip all calories – While you should definitely have water during the fasting hours, and you can have coffee and tea, skip everything with calories. This includes creamer in your coffee and Bulletproof coffee. If you are feeling faint or ill, or just like flavored coffee, a little creamer or cup of broth wonít hurt you, but it really is better to stick to no calories.
Make sure you give your body time to adjust. The 16 hours of fasting might be difficult for the first few days, but you will get used to it. Soon, you wonít even get hungry until those eating windows.