The Ideal Times to Eat When Micro-Fasting - dummies

The Ideal Times to Eat When Micro-Fasting

By Kellyann Petrucci, Patrick Flynn

Most people who practice micro-fasting say that 16 hours of fasting feels just right — you get hungry, but not too hungry. The peskiest part about micro-fasting, however, is identifying the ideal times to eat, more specifically, where to place your eight-hour eating window.

Most of the time, your first meal when micro-fasting happens sometime between noon and 2 p.m. To be successful, however, you should stick to a regular schedule. For example, if you stop eating at 8 p.m., you may start eating again each day around noon, which is a great schedule to live by. So in essence you eat from noon and 8 p.m. and fast from 8 p.m. to noon the next day.

Of course, you can play with micro-fasting a little bit. If you’d prefer to stop eating later, say around 9 p.m., then you simply move your eating window back an hour to 1 p.m. So long as you maintain the ratio of 16 hours of fasting to 8 hours of eating, you can be successful.

For your convenience, here are the five most popular eight-hour eating window schedules:

  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • 12 noon to 8 p.m.

  • 1 to 9 p.m.

  • 2 to 10 p.m.

There are no hard rules to the eight hours that you eat. The best advice is to make it work with your schedule. Don’t make micro-fasting any more difficult than it needs to be. Place your eight-hour eating window where it’s going to be most convenient for you. That is, make micro-fasting work with you, not you for it.