Intermittent Fasting: 16/8

The rich, the poor, Silicon Valley moguls, celebrities, and social media influencers alike—are doing the 16:8 diet. You have probably heard the term, but what the hell is it?

Intermittent Fasting 16/8 style is a form of intermittent fasting also known as the 8-hour diet. Like other IF (intermittent Fasting) protocols its proponents (and you can count our fat asses in that group) claim that by restricting mealtimes — you eat during an 8-hour window each day and fast the rest of the time—it will enable weight loss and even help lowering the risk of chronic diseases.

By virtue of the larger eating window, intermittent fasting 16/8 is an easier version of the intermittent fasting 20/4 protocol. If you are new to IF, then this is probably your entry point.

Coach’s Take on Intermittent Fasting 16/8.

Scratch did this for a week early in 2019 and didn’t loose any weight all. This is largely because during the 8-hour eating window, that is exactly what he did. Imagine an unhealthy dinner that lasts 8 hours. You get the picture.

Granted, it doesn’t have to be the way and it likely is a great way to get started on intermittent fasting if you new to it.

In all honesty, the 16/8 is a great and is no doubt a more sustainable plan than the rather draconian 20/4 version of intermittent fasting. So in the long run, it might be easier to stick too.

If I got to tell you about Scratch’s biggest problem with the 16/8 Intermittent Fasting method, it was that he had not tamed his taste for unhealthy foods yet. You see, if you are already at the point where you enjoy whole foods and stuff that is generally good for you—then this protocol could elevate your game.

Right now Scratch is not able to handle the 8 hour window. He fills it with too many poor food choices.

Ironically, Scratch finds it easier to do the 20/4 mostly because it shrinks his unhealthy window from an 8 hour one into a 4 hour one. He is till stuck with the same issue—but that is another story.

More Intermittent Fasting articles

The following articles published on The Football Fan’s Diet discuss intermittent fasting.