Nowadays, it looks like there simply is likely to be a “Nationwide Day” for the whole lot. Nationwide Discuss Like William Shakespeare Day? April 23. Nationwide Rat Catcher’s Day? July 22. And naturally, my true nemesis, Nationwide Doughnut Day — which, it might appear, is making an attempt to sabotage me as a result of there are two of them! On the primary Friday in June and on November 5, free doughnuts abound.
I feel now we have all of those Nationwide Days as a result of people, collectively, like to have a good time. And there’s loads value celebrating! However lots of our celebrations contain meals, particularly massive portions of meals that’s not at all times the healthiest. (Assume: birthdays, weddings, Halloween, Thanksgiving. Doughnuts.) Thankfully, there’s one Nationwide Day that may be very value celebrating and doesn’t encourage overconsumption, and it’s arising in simply 9 days: Nationwide Fasting Day.
We have a good time Nationwide Fasting on August 16 (8/16) as a result of an 8-hour consuming window paired with a 16-hour fasting window is the protocol that most individuals discover the simplest to comply with and likewise yields essentially the most advantages. That is the protocol I personally comply with as a result of I discover it tremendous achievable; I’ve no drawback getting all of the vitamins I want in 8 hours, and abstaining from food and drinks for 16 hours helps me each spontaneously lower out extra energy my physique doesn’t want and cling to different routines that assist my well being (e.g., not snacking earlier than mattress).
What’s extra, I discover that 16 hours of fasting is simply lengthy sufficient to really feel like an accomplishment with out feeling like I’m depriving myself or tapping into deep reserves of willpower to “make it to the tip” of a quick. (In any case, I spend at the very least 7–8 of these fasting hours asleep!)
Celebrating with Zero
Right here’s why I particularly love celebrating on 8/16: Again earlier than I’d heard of Zero, once I was experimenting with fasting, I usually aimed for a 16:8 schedule. Nevertheless, once I began utilizing Zero’s Fasting Timer to doc my fasts, I found I wasn’t coming anyplace near 16 hours of fasting; I used to be nonetheless snacking later into the night and having a nibble of one thing within the morning to start out my day. After I lastly dedicated to monitoring my fasts 16:8 fasts with Zero, that’s once I noticed an actual shift in momentum with my weight reduction and upkeep — and it’s additionally once I began feeling like I used to be undertaking one thing value celebrating.
So, on 8/16, I encourage you to hitch us in celebrating the ability of fasting and the progress you’ve made (and can proceed to make!) by means of your dedication to well being and longevity. Be part of our annual 16:8 on 8/16 Problem, and take a day to understand the wonderful neighborhood you’ve helped construct. You’ve earned it.
Tom Conrad is the CEO of Zero Longevity Science. Having led product and engineering groups for world-class firms, Tom is obsessed with bringing highly effective, modern concepts to the forefront. His work at Zero encompasses one in all his biggest challenges but: to assist prolong the lifespan and healthspan of the human race. When he’s not evangelizing Zero or utilizing it as his personal well being and fasting tracker (over 55 kilos misplaced!), Tom can often be discovered geeking out over rising applied sciences or occurring lengthy walks together with his canine, Ivy.