16/8 or 18/6? What are the pitfalls and advantages?

Ange Dim
4 min readJun 2, 2021

Intermittent fasting is by far the best fat loss and longevity lifestyle choice I’ve ever made. This wasn’t always the case, though. When I first started fasting, I went in blindly, not doing enough of my research. I was following the crowd and doing what’s popular.

Fasting is one of the best weight loss and longevity plans around. Image by Freepik

As with any experience, especially when it comes to nutrition and dieting, educated experience is the catalyst of it all. Failing has allowed me to fast track my IF results and stick to my routine.

One of the worst things anyone can do is not listen to their own body. Our instinct is here to help guide us towards what works and caution us to what won’t. I often wonder why most of us do not listen and believe that there is always an element of distrust in something we don’t fully understand.

Fasting may be a fat loss strategy, but it’s also a spiritual pathway. It explains why fasting is so popular amongst many religions. Even if you are not a believer, having peace and trusting yourself is something that fasting slowly develops within you. I know it may seem a bit “woo woo”, but it’s not something people talk about, as it kind of sneaks up behind you. I found it to be a wonderful byproduct of the fasting journey.

Let’s look at some popular fasting times and how they can be of benefit to different goals.

Most popular fasting time frame 16/8

Many books and resource material contain lots of information about 16/8, and it’s encouraged by many fitness professionals. Many bodybuilders adapt to this time frame because it allows them a window of nutritional opportunity and makes it easier to maintain a very low body fat percentage.

Going without any food for 16 hours is relatively easy when you are experienced with fasting. Most people like this window, allowing them to worry less about nutrition during peak working hours and have a nice meal with friends and family at home. I always say that eating in a relaxed state is the best way to enjoy a meal.

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Ange Dim

Multi-passionate creative who's immersed in health, wellness, exercise and loves creating healthy recipes. Low carb Recipes: https://bit.ly/4cHgO8r