Things to know about Intermittent Fasting

AdventureFaktory Intermittent Fasting Guide

We thought that since Ramadan is just around the corner in the Middle East, the large majority of the nations are fasting, we might get in on the action as well. So instead of doing a full fast, like Muslims during the Lunar month, we are doing Intermittent fasting. It has a fancy name, but very simple in theory. We are sure you have heard of it before.

What is Intermittent Fasting?

Fasting is a term which means you control times that you cycle between periods of eating and not eating. Let us go though the 2 types of fasting that we are most likely to try:

We are doing the 16/8 version. Fasting for 16 hours and eat for 8 hour window. This one is the easiest for us due to our gym sessions and work schedule. It is also easier to do while travelling.
6/1 – this involves eating for 6 days and having a 24 hour period where you consume no food. If you are travelling often like we do, this one is way more inconvenient.

Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

There are many health benefits to intermittent fasting, not to mention it increases your self discipline and makes you more aware of what you are putting into your body. It allows you to reduce calorie intake, reduce your insulin levels, spike your growth hormones, lowers muscle loss rates and increase your metabolism.

Health Warning:

  • Please make sure you talk to your doctor if you have any medical issues like diabetes, low blood pressure or if you are pregnant.
  • Make sure you keep drinking water as well. Water is the great cleanser.

Problems of Intermittent Fasting

  • If you have any bad food eating habits, they might become exaggerated when you are not eating for long periods followed by eating times.
  • Coffee: some people have had issues by relying heavily on coffee to push through mid morning hunger struggles.
  • Inflammation: when eating your first meal after fasting, some people tend to gorge and have many foods that increase inflammation or even intolerance to certain food, such as gluten and dairy.

Why most people do Intermittent Fasting

People tend to try intermittent fasting to lose fat. The reason why it is favourable for fat loss is because you don’t go on a heavy diet on cutting your calories from the normal food you usually eat. Also, you keep your muscle mass quite stable while still on the way of getting leaner.

Before trying a diet, perhaps try intermittent fasting as most diets fail because people switch to the wrong foods or don’t follow the diet over the long term properly. Behaviors change isn’t easy, hence starting small is a good idea.

Should you use Intermittent Fasting while Travelling?

This is a question people often ask us. Personally, I find it very hard to both travel full time and fast. So many times when you travel, there is no routine and this makes it hard to intermittent fast properly. Not to mention while travelling, you don’t rest as much as you normally would, hence avoiding eating at a normal paste might affect your health. It is very important to know you body and evaluate if you are able to try intermittent fasting while travelling.

Good luck and let us know how you go. Intermittent fasting works, try it out and see for yourself. Check out our upcoming articles about what food we had during this time and about the regular fasting. If you want more information, do not hesitate to comment or send us an email at [email protected] and we will get back to you right away!

Try it out!
  • Have you considered trying intermittent fasting before?
  • What other techniques do you know of people use to control calorie intake?

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Australian guy who is obsessed with sports and living a fun and healthy life. Done plenty of traveling but is always thirsty for another adventure somewhere. Also knows a whole bunch of random information that will never be helpful.

  • Gareth Thompson

    This is a very interesting idea. Certainly, given that travel invariably means you eat less than you normally would, often rubbish fast food when you can, it really might be better to steer into it and turn it to your advantage. And really, I could do with losing a few pounds!

    • You are right, you can use it for your advantage to avoid poor eating. Just because you travel you can look after your body too!

  • Ahhhh I’ve been thinking about trying this more as we travel. I actually hadn’t heard this exact term before, so thanks for spelling out exactly what it is and what it looks like! Definitely going to try both versions and see how they make me feel!

  • Monica Suri

    I agree with you on fasting. Scientifically our body needs break once in fifteen days. It actually needs no food every fort night as per yogic sciences. However during travel I havent tried as it can get tricky if you are in a different country. Good read

  • Rachelle Gordon

    I commend you guys for doing this while traveling. I fast once a month but find it really difficult to do when I don’t have the set schedule, like you mentioned. I liked your idea to do the 16/8 version. I might need to try then when I’m traveling.

  • When I tried fasting, this is one method that I used as well. I have seen great improvements with it although I had stopped. This post reminds me to try it again – it could get a little bit of getting used to at first.

  • Genie Patra

    My dad is such a firm believer in intermittent fasting! I thought he was totally crazy for doing it at first. But it’s actually really helped him cope with his diabetes which is amazing

  • Gemma Baker

    This is super interesting, I don’t think I’d do it whilst traveling as I’m very active and struggle with my blood sugar. It’s great that you are finding benefits from it 🙂

  • AMIT AGRAWAL

    As I also fast for one day in a week but while travelling it is difficult. Interesting article about the benefits of fasting. While travelling I don’t keep full fasting but try to do half ones. You have stated that water intake should be more in Fast which I also agree.

  • Tasha Haley

    Interesting. Never really thought about doing this before. I don’t think I could manage it while I travel as we blog about food a lot and it wouldn’t work well for us. At home though I can see the benefits for sure

    • Yes travel would make it very hard I agree. It is one of those things that once you build it into routine it becomes infinitely easier..