Roots in Culture and History
To Indians, and many other cultures across the globe, this does not seem like such a strange idea. In fact, many religions propagate fasting for different reasons. Many Hindus observe a vrat
on a specific day of the week, be it Monday, Tuesday or Thursday. Festivals too, are celebrated by fasting during the daytime. In Islam, Ramadan
is an important part of the year when followers must eat only at sunrise and sunset and fast the whole day. Different sects within Christianity observe fasts during different periods, usually during the month of Lent. Judaism, Budhhism and Jainism
, all of them have their own versions of incorporating intermittent fasting into the cultural framework.
Though the understanding of Time Restricted Eating has only been achieved in recent years, our ancestors were perhaps, forced into it as a way of life, due to lack of access to food. Thus, they invariably gave their bodies 16-18 hours of rest.