So I'm reading more about trying intermittent fasting - I don't think I could do it at the moment because I'm still in that mental phase where even if I"m not hungry my brain starts whispering "eat.....eeeeeatt" at random times. Working on that.
Anyway, it seems as if most people do 16 or 24 hour fasts. I know on weekends, I eat dinner on Friday at the usual time (around 8 or 8:30) and then we usually don't wake up until 2 or 3pm. That right there is about 16 hours.
Does that count? Or does it only count if you're up and about and doing stuff?
I'll update this to say simply no, this is not an every day thing. As stated above, this is on weekends exclusively, and even then not every weekend either. I have a job that requires me to be awake at 6am every day - that in and of itself contributes to most of my sleep issues. I don't get tired until after midnight and thus don't get enough sleep. I take the time I have to sleep as much as possible, so I sleep in on the weekends.
I'll add the caveat, yes,but, it's far more effective to move around, and to do it more than once a week.
The idea is twofold. Get your body used to pulling fat from fat stores, and producing ketones. Once your body is good at this, you'll never feel real hunger easily.
The more important in my opinion is Autophagy. It's the process where your body scavenges junk proteins and waste to be used as fuels. The most exciting junk getting scavenged is of course Cancer, but also inflammation, Oxidative stress etc.
Sleeping until 2 or 3 p.m.! Holy cow. Ah life before kids. ;-)
I should add that that kind of sleep schedule may really affect some of the hormones that are important to overall health, such as cortisol, adrenals, etc.