After a long week’s work after Christmas break, finally, the weekend has come. Fumbling the sheets for the remote, you turn on the television and your favorite late night show is about to start.
“Pizza sure sounds perfect as a midnight snack,” you thought to yourself.
As you wait for the microwave to finish its job, you lean on the table and happen to gaze on your stomach.
“Woah, my belly didn’t look this bloated before,” with utter surprise, you snap to your senses; you stop microwaving the leftover pizza from last festivity’s and start thinking why.
“All these deadlines at work must’ve got me so pressured,” and there, you realize who, or what the culprit is, “stress-eating and constant midnight snacks.”
It is typical for the majority of the working class to seek comfort in food, especially when things get stressful not only at work but in our personal lives as well.
Ordering favorite frappuccino or munching on burgers and chips while doing a lifetime’s workload in one sitting or to de-stressify at night may sound refreshing; but doing this on a daily basis without realizing its repercussions to our health, we forget it is our body who suffers most.
Thinking what to do to get rid of your flabby stomach, you browse the Internet to enlighten yourself of this predicament.
With intermittent fasting piquing your interest, you research more about the topic.
Intermittent fasting or peak fasting as to how Dr. Joseph Mercola put it, means no food for three hours before bed.
“What? Are you nuts? No midnight snacks? But why?”
You may think your emotional well-being need all those snacks before bed; but in reality, your body does not.
Our body does not require that much energy at night because we are into recovery and repair stage. If we eat food before bedtime, we give our bodies fuel that creates energy that we can’t use which backs up and creates a lot of damage.
Having a peak-fasting lifestyle also means not eating for 13-18 hours during the daytime and eating for 6-11 hours, better yet, 6-7 hours.
Following the said hours mentioned is a powerful tool that will help our body burn fat, our primary fuel, and not sugar. The side benefits of burning fat as our primary fuel is that it increases our mental clarity and our cravings for junk food and sugar disappear. Not only that, it helps us live longer. And who doesn’t want that, right?
You might be wondering how this approach differs from Atkins’. Atkins popularized the concept of Ketosis. It does not focus on the quality of fats but rather; it is a high-protein diet, which is dangerous.
Dr. Ron Rosedale, Dr. Mercola’s mentor, says that high-protein is worse than high-carbohydrate diet and far worse than white carbohydrates, and all these extinguish our candle, our life, more quickly.
With all that said, I hope this makes us all think twice about getting that supposed well-deserved midnight snack to eat a hearty and healthy breakfast instead.