Could 12 hour fasting be the secret to feeling fabulous? According to experts, you should be allowing a 12-hour window of fasting between dinner and breakfast to ensure you maintain a healthy eating pattern
Confining meals to a 12 hour fasting window, such as 8am to 8pm, and fasting for the remaining day, appears to make a huge difference to whether fat is stored, or burned up by the body. Researchers at The Salk Institute in the US, said it adds more evidence to studies which show that eating late at night causes weight gain. (1)
If you want to try incorporating a 12 hour fasting into your day, you’ll need to leave at least 12 hours between your evening meal and your morning meal. In other words, if you typically eat dinner at 7 pm then you will want to wait until at least 7 am before having anything else to eat. (2)
Intermittent fasting or time-restricted eating such as 12 hour fasting can help manage your weight and prevent related metabolic dysfunction.
Dr. Joanna McMillan, a nutritional scientist, agrees that Australians should allow at least 12 hours between dinner and breakfast for proper digestion and minimal health side effects. She suggests dinner should be eaten no later than 6 pm and one should not snack or eat anything else until breakfast the next morning.
12 Hour Fasting Schedule
It is easier to maintain energy levels on a 12 hour fasting schedule daily than an extreme fasting schedule for a longer period of time. While some people feel a temporary energy boost on longer fasts, their energy level comes crashing back to earth as soon as they return to their regular diet and schedule. (3)
Please consult your physician prior to making any major changes to your diet, as this may have an impact on medications or medical conditions you have.