“The best of all medicines is resting and fasting.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
Who likes the idea of restricting yourself? The answer is no one!
But what if I told you that restricting when you eat could lead to many benefits?
What if this restriction added energy and focus? What if restricting when you eat benefited you, your health, and vitality? What if I told you it is simple to incorporate?
What exactly are we talking about? We are talking about Time-Restricted Eating (TRE).
Time-Restricted Eating (TRE) is quickly becoming a popular choice on how millions are deciding WHEN to consume their next meals.
Time-Restricted Eating is one of the most simple things you can do to add to your health regime.
Simply choose a certain number of hours during which you will eat all your calories each day.
Most studies conclude that a 11 hour window is what is optimal to eat all the food you are going to consume in a day. This gives your body a longer break (13 hours) to assimilate, digest, and utilize your food each day.
Some may need to build up to not eating for 13 hours. For most, this one little change is so simple and easy to incorporate.
I was one who had no idea how this one switch to my health regime would benefit me in so many ways. Hence, why I am writing this article! Switching to Time-Restricted Eating may cause you to naturally eat less. It allows your body to digest for longer periods during the night and aids in better sleep and overall better health. People use Time-Restricted Eating to lose weight and improve their health and give themselves a break from thinking about and preparing food. For example, if you normally eat your first meal at 8 a.m. and complete all your eating for the day around 7 p.m, you eat all your food in a 11-hour window each day and give yourself a 13-hour break.
This essentially removes late night snacking and keeps the times that are most beneficial to you for eating. If you can allow yourself to eat in the shorter time frame, and give yourself a break into the longer time frame, you are doing much good for your body.
The Focus of Time-Restricted Eating (TRE)
Time-restricted eating is focused on when you eat, rather than what you eat. By limiting all your daily food intake to a shorter period of time, it may be possible to eat less food and lose weight. What’s more, some research has shown that time-restricted eating may benefit heart health and blood sugar. Time-restricted eating isn’t for everyone, but it’s a popular dietary option that you may want to implement. Personally, I have found that when I stop eating 3-hours before bed, it makes a decent night’s sleep turn into a great night’s sleep! I am ready to eat the next day once my 13-hours are complete, and I am much more aware of foods that support my health during my 11-hour window of eating. Our clients cut out the late night snacking. They only eat at the “normal” breakfast, lunch, and dinner times. This has led them to better choices, and better choices leads to better health and vitality.
Experiment with TRE! Implement it into your daily routine. The benefits are long-lasting, and will contribute to your overall health, energy, focus, and management of weight.