Intermittent fasting is vastly becoming one of the world’s most popular health and fitness trends. Individuals are using intermittent fasting to lose weight, improve their health and to simplify their lifestyles.
Many studies have shown that intermittent fasting can have powerful effects on your body and brain and may even help you live for longer!
You probably wondering, what is intermittent fasting? Well it is an eating pattern that includes both period of fasting and eating. It doesn’t have a specification on the foods you can eat; it more focuses on when you should be eating.
The more popular methods involve fasting for 16 hours each day or fasting for 24 hours twice per week. Fasting can be more beneficial for the body rather than always eating 3 to 4 meals per day. Fasting can also be done for religious or spiritual reasons.
Intermittent Fasting Methods
The three most popular methods include the 16/8 methods, eat-stop-eat method and the 5:2 diets.
The 16/8 method involves skipping breakfast and restricting your daily eating period to 8 hours, for example you would eat between 1pm and 9pm and then fast for 16 hours.
Eat-stop-eat involves fasting for 24 hours once or twice a week, for example you would not eat from dinner one day until dinner the next day.
The 5:2 diets involve consuming on 500 calories on two non-consecutive days of the week and then eat normally the other 5 days.
By reducing your calorie intake, all of the above methods should encourage weight loss, as you don’t overeat during your eating periods.
Most people have found the 16/8 methods to be the most sustainable, simplest and easiest to stick to. A lot of people actually do this method without even realizing it… yes all you breakfast skippers are actually unconsciously intermittent fasters!
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