As you go about setting up your very own intermittent fasting approach, one thing that you'll have to address is what your eating window will be.

The whole concept behind intermittent fasting is that you'll fast for a certain period of time during the 24 hour daily cycle and then have a period of eating at another. This alternating approach offers numerous health benefits and allows you to go for hours at a time without having to worry about food.

This also means that you'll be better able to have higher calorie meals during your eating period without having to worry about the risk of weight gain.

But, what is the ideal fasting period? How long should you be fasting each day and how long should you be feasting?

Better yet, when should each of these take place?

In order to effectively answer that question, there are a few important things that you need to take into account. Let's have a quick peak at what they are.

When Is Your Workout?

The very first thing that you must consider is when your workout is. It's going to be a must that you are eating after a workout period because it's at this point the body is most sensitive to taking up the nutrients you feed it, therefore you'll be far more likely to store these nutrients in the muscle cells rather than the fat cells.

Furthermore, eating at this time is going to ensure that you are making a fast recovery between your workout sessions, which is imperative for seeing good results.

So whatever time of the day you choose to workout, make sure that is within your fasting window.

How Well Do You Deal With Hunger?

Second, you also want to think about how well you deal with hunger. If you're someone who finds you do get quite hungry during the fasting period, which some people do, then a shorter fasting period and a longer eating period will likely be the best approach for you.

Don't let yourself think that these are set in stone – adjust them based on your own personal preferences.

A 16/8 hour split for fasting/eating tends to work fine, as does a 20/4 hour split if you really prefer to fast most of the time.

Can You Forgo Breakfast With Ease?

Finally, the last thing to ask yourself when deciding when you will have your eating phase is to think about whether you can wake up and forgo breakfast with ease. Some people really do struggle with this, so for them, the end of their fasting period should come with breakfast. The start of it should begin with the meal to two before bed.

So their approach may be to fast from 8 am in the morning until 9 or 10 pm at night. This gives them a couple hours to eat before they go to bed and then one hour to eat when they wake up for breakfast in the morning.

So there you have a few factors to think about. The ideal fasting period is what will work best for you so think about your own individual preferences in this matter.

About the author: Shannon is a fitness trainer and freelance writer who has written for Bodybuilding.com.

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