Fasting and Finance

When you bring up the topic of personal finance and saving money, one of the last things you might think to cover is how the technique of intermittent fasting could be beneficial in your financial life. But why not? We talk about how much money we’re all spending on food on a seemingly everyday basis. Why wouldn’t we talk about a caveman style nutrition plan that could literally cut out, at the very least, one meal a day? That’s one less meal you have to budget for every day and a total of seven you could cut out for the whole week. Imagine all the extra cash you could have to buy more cotton candy financially important items! Let’s discuss.

First question: what the heck is intermittent fasting? 

If you haven’t heard of it before, intermittent fasting is a daily ritual of planning your meals where you only allow yourself to eat during certain hours of the day – notably after a period of fasting (not taking in any calories for a set amount of time). This is most commonly known as a feeding window and typically it is done on a 16:8 ratio. That means that every day, you’d have an eight hour window to consume your daily allowance of calories followed by a 16 hour fasting period.

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This can be set up however your life style permits. If you’re busy during the mornings but nights are generally open, maybe your feeding window is best suited between the hours of 2PM and 10PM. Or maybe you want your feeding window to be right after you wake up after a quality 16 hour power sleep sesh’. Nobody here is going to judge you except my wife. As long as it’s consistent day to day, you’ll be placing your body under the necessary time frame where you will be in a fasted state for 16 hours.

Second question: why would anyone willingly do this? 

Good question! Let me explain the many benefits.

  1. Lazy Man’s Nutrition Plan: planning meals ahead of time can be a pain. If you can cut one meal out of each day of the week ahead of time, that would leave seven less that you have to plan for. And if you are counting calories or nutrition facts, that meals far less meals that you’ve got to count and track. That’s a win!
  2. Fat Loss: you heard me correctly. Contrary to what your father might tell you about what happens when you skip breakfast, fasting helps you burn off body fat more efficiently through the process of making your body less efficient. No, I didn’t mistype that. Stick with me on this. When you fast, your body produces proteins that make it run less efficiently. That causes you to burn more (fat and carbs) to tackle normal activities. Read the full study here.
  3.  Immunity Support: don’t like being sick? With short term fasting (I stress this because this is not true for long periods of fasting found in eating disorders/other situations), the body is forced to create more white blood cells which fight disease and kick your immune system into high gear (per the study conducted by USC).
  4. Diabetes Defense: let’s face it, diabetes sucks. Nobody willingly becomes diabetic. But if you become too insulin resistant, you might. Studies have shown that intermittent fasting can assist your body with insulin sensitivity and also help to lower your blood pressure.

 

Third question: have you spoken to your doctor?

Look, at the end of the day, I’m just some dude on the internet who this has really worked for. If this sounds like something you want to try, you should talk to your doctor about whether or not it’s a good idea for you. As for me, it’s the perfect fit.

Since beginning this nutrition plan, my blood pressure has dropped, I shed twenty pounds (and now much more with a closer eye on my total daily calories), and our grocery bill has literally had a third of it shaved right off (how’s that for being financially savvy?). Additionally, I’m more energized, and without having to sit down for a third meal of the day, I have more time for my eight month old child who is really finding his voice by testing it with pterodactyl screams everything else.

Until next time,

BD

 

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