Very simply put, Intermittent Fasting (IF), means you will be required to only feed (which is eating) within a certain window (time) in the day. You get to choose when you want to start to eat. The initial requirement would be for you to stop eating within 8 hours of your first meal and then we will progress to have you stop eating within six hours of your first meal. Eventually you will progress to Prolonged Fasting (PF). Here, you will go 24 hours plus without eating.
During the periods of fasting, you will be allowed to have coffee or tea – preferably black, water, sparkling water, all with lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. This applies to both IF and PF.
Usually this creates another set of concerns.
Most people rightly believe that they cannot go 24 hours and certainly not 36, 48 or 72 hours without eating. They are correct. In their current state, their body relies on carbohydrates and sugars for energy. Your reserve of carbohydrate energy is only about 4000 Kilocalories. This will be depleted within a day or two. When you start to reduce this store of carbohydrates, your body triggers the hunger sensation as a caution, telling you that are running out of energy. This is like the low fuel light on your car’s dashboard. You may be aware that fat has significantly more calories than sugar. The issue is that we have been eating so many carbohydrates, and so frequently, that we have never been able to access our fat stores, which would typically be over 40,000 kilo calories.
Here is the key element of the LWES Programme. Training our body to become Fat Adapted, meaning, being able to use Fat as the primary source of fuel!!!
We can then burn the fat stores, reduce weight, improve health, improve wellbeing, and start once again to Live Well by Eating Smart!