If you are reading this, you are most likely a fitness inspired individual. That means you like to find new ways to work out harder, eat healthier, and live better. You probably have tried different workout styles and diets over the years just to see if they made you feel any better or gave you any awesome results. This is a natural curiosity we all have towards new trends that arise in our industry. So, it’s no surprise that people have latched on to the idea of fasting and/or time-restricted eating. This “new” dieting strategy has certainly caught the attention of health minded people as of late.

Indeed, there are a host of potential benefits that have been attributed to fasting and time-restricted eating. Everything from off the charts fat loss, to increased energy, and even improved cancer fighting abilities have been mentioned. But, there are a lot of questions that need to be answered about these eating strategies. Do they actually work the way they claim? Are fasting and time restricted eating the same thing? As always, the explanations behind the claims are not always as sexy as we would have hoped. This article will attempt to cover the basics of fasting and time restricted eating to help you decide for yourself whether they are worthwhile.

 

Are Fasting and TRE the Same Thing?

If you have been paying attention for the past several years, you know that fasting has been thrown around quite a bit in the dieting world. For one, several detox diets use fasting in their protocols. But perhaps more famously, Intermittent Fasting (IF) gained popularity and has stuck around for several years now. When it was first introduced, IF offered several different strategies which all featured periods in which you abstained from eating. Some chose to fast for an entire day of a given week and then eat normally the other days. However, the majority of the IF crowd decided to follow a daily fasting schedule. This meant eating during a 6-10 hour window and “fasting” for the other 14-18 hours of the day.

This daily fasting routine is much easier to adhere to compared to the daunting task of skipping an entire day, especially since you are asleep for 8 of your fasting hours. In essence, you are only consciously fasting for 6-10 hours per day. But does this daily restriction of eating times really qualify as fasting? The definition of fasting is the abstention of food or drink for a defined period of time. However, most experts would assert that the time period should last at least 24 hours to qualify as fasting. Perhaps Intermittent “Fasting” is actually a misnomer.

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