What You Need To Know
This month we are sharing ideas about Intermittent Fasting for your best life. Today’s topic is a simple introduction to intermittent fasting – what you need to know.
We have shared over the past few days our year-long experiment with Intermittent Fasting and how it has helped me to feel better, have more energy as well as reducing my weight which was not something I had even considered when I began.
You have probably heard of intermittent fasting, right? This is being mentioned everywhere, from social media sites to health TV shows.
If you read a weight loss, fitness, or health blog, you will most likely see it mentioned often there as well.
Intermittent fasting is a new way of eating that promotes weight loss, fat burning, muscle building, and many other health benefits through a very simple eating pattern.
Here is more information about intermittent fasting so that you can decide if it is a good option for you.
IF is a Pattern of Eating
Many people call intermittent fasting a diet, but it is rather a pattern of eating or dieting for optimal success. It teaches you a lot, including how to listen to your body’s hunger signals, and to follow a healthy pattern of eating. You are following a specific pattern each day, where you only eat during a shorter block of time, fasting for the rest of the day, except for having coffee, tea, and water. This pattern helps your body to burn food more quickly so that there is more time for burning fat.
There are Different Protocols
The next thing you will learn about intermittent fasting is that there isn’t just one way to do it, but several methods or protocols to choose from. It is very flexible, so you can look at the different methods and choose which one works best for your schedule and your lifestyle.
Here are some popular IF protocols people like to turn to:
16:8/Lean Gains – This is a popular option, allowing you to eat for 8 hours, then fast for 16 hours. You try to do it as often as possible. It is suggested to plan for 5-6 days a week.
5:2 – The 5:2 diet requires you to eat how you normally would 5 days out of the week, then have 2 alternating days of the week where you fast for 24 hours. You can often have a low amount of calories on fasted days, up to 500-600 calories.
Warrior Diet – With the warrior diet, you go 24 hours between eating, having just one large meal at the end of every fasted day.
Here is more information on The Best Intermittent Fasting Strategies by Dr. Jockers - https://drjockers.com/best-intermittent-fasting-strategies/
Eat-Stop-Eat/24-Hour – This is similar to 5:2, except you may only go 24 hours once a week. You also don’t have the calories, but a full fasting day with only water, coffee, or tea. Brad Pilon is an excellent resource for the Eat Stop Eat method of fasting and you can find more on him here https://bit.ly/396mRDF
Unlike other types of dieting, IF allows dieters to eat pretty much what they want. They can eat the sugary or fatty foods they crave.
They can go out to eat and not worry about calorie counting. They don’t have to eat foods they don’t enjoy. They don’t have to feel as if they’re depriving themselves of the things they love.
It’s easy to see why it’s such a popular choice.
Not only that, but intermittent fasting offers many more benefits than other types of diet.
Yes, it promotes rapid weight loss. However, it also helps dieters to feel more focused and be more productive.
Tips for Starting Intermittent Fasting
Here are a few quick tips that can make this transition easier for you:
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