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Intermittent Fasting for the Detroit Professional

By: Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers | September 24, 2018

If you’re someone that works a full-time job, spends more time than you’d like commuting and finds it difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle, then you’ve no doubt considered trying different diets. For some people, a rigid diet works in helping them meet their fitness and health-related goals. For others, there’s more trial and error involved.

Lately, you may have heard about intermittent fasting. It’s a form of dieting that restricts the hours of the day at which you consume food. There are a few forms of intermittent fasting, but we are going to focus on the “16/8” method. It involves skipping breakfast, only eating during an eight-hour window of the day and then not eating for the remaining 16 hours of the day.

Now that we have covered the basics, let’s look at how the “16/8” method of intermittent fasting can fit into the lifestyle of a busy professional in Detroit.

The beginning of the day will likely be the most difficult as this method has you skipping breakfast. For some, this will be a difficult change in their routine. Others may not eat breakfast very often anyway (again, the life of a busy professional). Finding the eight-hour window during which you will do all of your eating is the key to this method. Whether it’s 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. or 12:00 until 8:00 p.m., once you have established your window, you can start planning your meals.

Important foods to include in every meal you eat while practicing intermittent fasting (regardless of the method) are lean proteins, fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains. It’s important to note that some of these items are high in calories (nuts, for example) and should still be consumed in moderation.

With this in mind, you’re probably looking for a few places you can put on rotation for when you’re looking for a meal that helps you maintain this new diet. 7 Greens has a lot of fresh, tasty salads that include some of the aforementioned fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, like kale and spinach. There are also different seeds, nuts and high-protein options you can add to your salad. If you’re interested in loading up on fruits, whole grains and more, Fresh 101, Beyond Juicery + Eatery and Juice & Fuel are all great places that offer plenty of nutrient-rich smoothies, juices, bowls and more.

At the core of making this diet work is choosing a method that works for your body and lifestyle. From there, it’s all about finding meals that have plenty of protein to make you feel “fuller” longer, dietary fibers that don’t digest quickly and staying hydrated. As with any lifestyle change, sticking to it is the best way to see results.