Intermittent Fasting- What Is It and Why?
Are you curious about intermittent fasting? Keep reading to learn more about what it is and why so many people are doing it.
Intermittent Fasting (IF)- What is it?
IF is a practice where you alternate between periods of fasting and normal eating. There are many variations of the method including the 16/8 method (fasting for 16 hours non stop and having an 8 hour eating window each day), the warrior diet (“fasting” during the day by only eating small quantities of fruits and vegetables and ending the day with one large meal), and the 5:2 diet (eating as normal 5 days a week and the remaining two days you aim to only eat between 500-600 calories).
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Perhaps the most common method is the 16/8 because of its simplicity. Keep a normal eating window open between 11 A.M. and 7 P.M., for example (any eight-hour window of your choice works) and include your sleeping time in your sixteen hours of fasting. You may also begin slowly, starting its 14 hours of fasting and 10 of eating in order to ease into a full 16 hour fast.
During the intermittent fasting period, make sure to stay hydrated and drink liquids as normal (water, tea, and coffee without sugar added).
Why do people do it?
When practiced consistently and correctly in a healthy way, IF provides many benefits such as weight loss, reduced bloating, improved digestion, and better mental focus. Contrary to popular belief, short term fasting like IF actually can improve one’s metabolism, making it easier and quicker for your body to process your food intake. With fasting, you also have fewer meals to prepare so in the end, it may save you time and money as well.
Is IF right for me?
IF is great for busy moms, students, and those looking to try something new to accompany a fitness routine. IF isn’t for everyone, namely kids, women trying to get pregnant, currently pregnant, or still breastfeeding, and for those who have battled eating disorders in the past. Always consult with a medical professional before trying any new diet or health-related lifestyle choice! Just remember that it is important to listen to your body when trying any new lifestyle or diet.
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