What Is Intermittent Fasting?
Many diet trends detail everything you can and can’t eat in order to lose the weight. Intermittent fasting is different. This trend doesn’t specify which foods you should eat, but instead what times you should eat. Though it’s often referred to as a diet, intermittent fasting is more of an eating pattern which people adopt to try losing weight.
Intermittent Fasting Methods
There’s more than one method of intermittent fasting. Common versions include daily 16-hour fasts or fasting for a full day (24 hours) twice per week. Fasting isn’t a new practice but it’s becoming increasingly popular among people looking to shed a few pounds.
The 16/8 Method
This form of fasting involves limiting the time of day in which you eat. Typically, people skip breakfast and restrict their daily eating period to eight hours. Ex: 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Any other time of day, you are fasting. Typically, you can drink water (but only water) during your fasting period. This is the most popular method.
With this pattern, people fast for 24 hours (from one day’s dinner to the next) once or twice a week.
Others choose to limit their calorie intake to between 500 and 600 calories on two non-consecutive days of the week but eat normally during the other five days.
Behind each of these methods is the idea that reducing the number of meals you eat reduces your overall calorie intake, therefore helping you lose weight. If you’re considering intermittent fasting, it’s best to consult a doctor or other care provider to make sure it’s a plan that won’t harm your health.
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Have you tried intermittent fasting? How did it go for you? Share your experience (if you’re comfortable doing so) in the comments!