Right this minute, you are sitting on a potent energy elixir that is all-natural AND costs nothing. Intermittent fasting has been proven to increase your productivity and is the secret to sustained energy and higher performance.
I’m completely serious. Want to unlock it? Just limit your eating to an 8-hour window every day. Check out this guide here for the times and schedules of each plan.
How can eating less give me MORE energy?
It might sound counterintuitive at first, but it’s actually quite simple: intermittent fasting (alternating between 8 hours of eating and 16 hours of fasting) kicks your body into a fat-burning mode which gives you energy instead of blood sugar crashes. It also translates into less wasted energy on digestion, food absorption and meal preparation.
Switching your energy source
For most of us, our primary source of energy is the carbohydrates in the food we eat. When you eat all day long, your blood sugar goes up and down like a rollercoaster. And when your blood sugar crashes, it takes your energy with it.
If you allow your body to have a 16-hour break from food, it will instead start using your fat stores for energy. (1) This is a process that happens slowly and steadily with no rise and fall of blood sugar, ensuring that you have more energy, a better mood, and even increased brain function. (2)
Less energy wasted on digestion
Of all the energy your body expends in a day, as much as 30% of that energy might be used on digesting food. This is why you tend to get tired and sleepy after meals. We’ve all seen (and maybe tried) the diet plans that prescribe eating 6-8 small meals and snacks throughout the day, right? Recent studies have shown, however, that constantly bombarding your system with calories (no matter how healthy) will actually lead to sluggishness and less energy. (3)
By following an intermittent fasting plan, you’re limiting the time in which your digestive system is forced to deal with food. This means your body can finally catch a break and spend less energy digesting and metabolizing calories. The result? A nice little bundle of energy that has now been freed up for you to use in other, more productive (and more fun!) ways.
Less energy wasted preparing meals
Eating only between the hours of noon and 8pm is a common intermittent fasting schedule. This typically results in finding yourself with a substantial chunk of waking hours where you don’t have to bother thinking about, preparing, and cleaning up a meal. People who have tried intermittent fasting for weight loss often report being surprised by the fact that they are suddenly more energetic and productive.
But isn’t this just a weight loss program?
Nope! Intermittent fasting has skyrocketed in popularity precisely because it’s so much more than a weight loss plan. People searching for simple ways to boost their brain health, regulate their hormones and increase their energy are trying this eating schedule and finding tremendous therapeutic benefits. (4) Even if you’re not trying to lose weight, training your body to burn fat for energy is critical if you’re looking for stable and sustained energy. This fat-burning mode is simply more efficient for your body.
Bonus: on an intermittent fasting schedule, your body will produce less cortisol, which means less stress. Who wouldn’t feel more energized by the prospect of less stress?!
Unlike most eating plans out there, this one requires no preparation. You can start today if you’d like. Just figure out which 8 hours of your day would work best as an “eating window” within your lifestyle, and go for it. It’s possible that you might experience some fatigue and grogginess during the first few days or week, while your body adjusts to this new way of fueling. Give it two weeks, and odds are you’ll be delighted by how energized, light, focused and productive you feel.
Intermittent fasting is not meant to be a dry fast–you can and should continue drinking plenty of water. Keeping yourself hydrated is essential to keeping your energy up while fasting. You can drink any non-caloric beverage, and we especially recommend drinking tea. Unlike black coffee, tea hydrates your cells and helps your body cleanse while also warding off cravings.