16/8 intermittent fasting is just one of many variations of IF. The question becomes, does it actually work and how do you do it. In this article, we’ll discuss.
Traditional dieting is loaded with over-reaching absolutes.
Eat this don’t eat that.
Train like this, not like that.
These are what we call absolutes. I used to really get all hung up in these things. Not so much anymore.
There is simply too much real-world evidence available at this point.
Truth be told, you can get extremely good results doing a variety of different things. Not all people are going to respond the same. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to getting in shape.
Intermittent fasting (IF) is preached as an absolute.
We’ve discussed it in depth in the past.
But, with that said, it can be quite effective if used wisely.
In this article, we are going to discuss one of the more popular IF protocols and whether or not it actually works.
That protocol is 16/8.
What Is 16/8 Intermittent Fasting?
Again, when I say “IF” it’s just an abbreviation for intermittent fasting.
There is this unfortunate event in which things that are actually extremely simple become complex over time.
IF is one of those things.
It is, after all, just eating.
Specifically, it’s spatial eating.
I guess you could say that it’s time-slotting your diet.
People have been doing this for 1000s of years. Maybe even over a million. Some hairy cave-man back in the day was killing wild game once a day. He would drag it back to his cave and he and his lady friend would have one giant meal.
He was practicing IF.
The guy didn’t even know it.
He didn’t need to come up with all this fancy sounding science-backed speak to explain it.
Things such as eating window, postabsorptive range (it just means a fasted state), and intermittent.
It was, after all, just normal eating.
So, if you take that away from this article hopefully it will eliminate some of the confusion.
When I say “spatial” eating I simply mean that you are eating spread apart. I could just as well have said “spatial” not-eating.
The point is that intermittent fasting is simply breaking your day into an eating slot (space) and a fasting slot (space).
There are all sorts of ways to do this.
And, if you want to sell a special diet plan, the options are endless.
I mean, you could fast for 23 hours a day and eat for 1. That would be an extreme example. I’m sure I could find any number of science-backed research reports to support it.
It would probably sell quite good among my more extreme-minded readers.
It would be called 23/1.
23 hours or not eating and one hour in which you can eat.
You could have 18/6.
18 hours of not eating and a six-hour slot in which you eat.
Lest I’ve lost you – 18 + 6 = 24. There are, after all, 24 hours in an earth day last time I checked. I’ve heard it’s different on other planets, though.
Or, you could even have something such as 16/8. 16 hours of not eating and an 8-hour slot in which you eat.
That is what we are discussing in this article.
You get the point.
There is really no one special way to break this down. So, regardless of what those pitching these breakdowns say, one is not necessarily the gold-standard of intermittent fasting.
16/8 is just one that happens to be fairly popular.