Intermittent Fasting + Healthy Meal Prep = A Strategy 4 Success?

4 Tips from the Chef & Harvard University 4 You

Intermittent fasting is a current buzzword in health circles and one you may think counterintuitive to a meal prep company. Our team members have experienced various approaches to intermittent fasting, so this article is anecdotal by nature and should not be taken as a prescription by your medical provider.

There are various approaches to intermittent fasting:

  1. The 5:2 and 4:3 method. The first number represents a normal, healthy eating, day, while the second number represents a fasting day. On the fasting day one is trying to eat no more than 500 calories (based on height, weight, and gender)
  2. Condensed eating period. Choose a 4-6 hour window each day and consumer your daily calories within in it. 
  3. Fluctuating calorie days. Keeping within your daily intake as a baseline you fluctuate your daily intake of calories at random.

Choosing the method which is easier 4 you to keep track of is the most important thing. 

Regardless of the method you choose, Harvard University recommends the following 4 tips:

  1. Avoid sugars and refined grains. Instead, eat fruits, vegetables, beans, lentils, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats (a sensible, plant-based, Mediterranean-style diet).
  2. Let your body burn fat between meals. Don’t snack. Be active throughout your day. Build muscle tone.
  3. Consider a simple form of intermittent fasting. Limit the hours of the day when you eat, and for best effect, make it earlier in the day (between 7 am to 3 pm, or even 10 am to 6 pm, but definitely not in the evening before bed).
  4. Avoid snacking or eating at nighttime, all the time.

Where do Prepared Meals come in? J4YMeals healthy meal prep & food delivery service keeps you on track with calculated macros, lean proteins, no added sugars, and time saving service. You focus on taking care of you, not what you are going to eat. We do the prep-you heat.

Stick to your plan and let us help.

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