Intermittent fasting means refraining from eating for a specific period. Eating for a short period in the daytime helps to lose weight and prevents various health problems.
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As per Ayurveda, fasting (upavasa) is considered as langhana therapy. Langhana therapy is the one that brings lightness to the body. Fasting helps to lose weight and reduce heaviness in the body. As a result, it improves overall health and prevents various diseases.
The most common method of intermittent fasting is 16/8. In this method, you have a window of 8 hours per day to consume healthy homemade meals. In the rest of 16 hours (between your dinner & breakfast), you have to abstain from eating food.
What are the best hours for intermittent fasting?
The best is to opt for eating between 9 am to 5 pm. This way, you can also manage to eat your last meal before sunset, which makes it more beneficial for you. If eating dinner so early is not possible for you, try to make it as early as possible and adjust your 16 hours fasting accordingly.
What to eat in 8 hours window?
In this fasting, you have a window of 8 hours to eat meals. But, it does not allow you to eat anything you want to munch on. Instead, be conscious about what you eat and eat only wholesome homemade meals (only when you are hungry) in moderation.