Ultimate guide: intermittent fasting

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You’ve heard of intermittent fasting. But you’re not sure what it is, or why it’s become one of the most popular trends in the health and fitness world. Not to worry.

In this Ultimate Guide: Intermittent Fasting, we’ll go over what it is, what the different methods to intermittent fasting are, the pros and cons, and whether it works for weight loss. Enjoy.

What is intermittent fasting?

Intermittent fasting is a pattern of eating. Contrary to belief, it’s not a diet. People who choose to do intermittent fasting skip meals on purpose.

It’s become popular because it can help people lose weight (although it can be used for people who are bulking up), and because it helps people improve their health, and simplify their lives.

What are the different methods?

”What? Are there different ways to do intermittent fasting?” Indeed.

The most common method is the Leangains method, which is also referred to as 16/8. It involves skipping breakfast, and only eating during an 8 hour window, usually around 12:00pm to 8:00pm, or 1:00pm to 9:00pm. Once that time is up, you fast for the next 16 hours, and repeat.

The next method is the 5:2 method, which you may have heard of before. This is where you have 5 days in the week of normal eating, and 2 days where you eat at around 500 or 600 calories. The 2 fasting days can be any two days you choose, although they shouldn’t be consecutive days.

The final method is fasting for 24 hours in a row, usually once or twice a week. You read that right! A whole 24 hours. Usually, people who do this eat dinner one night, and then don’t eat until dinner the next day.

Because this is probably the most difficult of the 3 methods, we’d recommend trying the Leangains method first, before you go into a 24 hour fast (if this is even something you would want to consider – most wouldn’t!).

During your fasting window in all of the above methods, you consume minimal calories (that’s why it’s called a fast, of course!). Water is allowed, and maybe a splash of milk in your coffee or tea (no sugar, unfortunately). That’s all.

What are the benefits?

Aside from the potential benefits of weight loss (described below), there are other benefits of intermittent fasting.

Intermittent fasting can have a positive effect on your brain and the heart, although studies around this are relatively new…
 
Continue reading the article and learn more about intermittent fasting on Tammy Broccas’ blog.
 
 

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