Timing your meals correctly can go a long way toward improving your health. A number of different intermittent fasting regimes have sprung up — some of which are more extreme than others — but all are based on the premise that you need periods of fasting, for 16 to 22 hours a day.
As noted in the paper “A Time to Fast,” published in the November 2018 issue of Science.
“Adjustment of meal size and frequency have emerged as powerful tools to ameliorate and postpone the onset of disease and delay aging, whereas periods of fasting, with or without energy intake, can have profound health benefits.
The underlying physiological processes involve periodic shifts of metabolic fuel sources, promotion of repair mechanisms, and the optimization of energy utilization for cellular and organismal health…“
I like to do the 16/8 twice a week. I fast for 16 hours and eat my two meals within 8 hours. You can still have a black coffee for breakfast if you can tolerate it on an empty stomach.
However, I do not recommend fasting for those with adrenal problems like stress or anxiety or with a very underachieve thyroid.