What is Intermittent Fasting?

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What is Intermittent Fasting?

Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to start thinking about shedding some pounds. There are many weight loss strategies out there and most of them boil down to caloric restriction. Intermittent fasting is a weight loss strategy that has been gaining steam lately. There are a few studies showing that intermittent fasting is as effective as daily caloric restriction in reducing body weight, fat mass, and potentially, visceral fat mass. Intermittent fasting can also help conserve lean mass. 

Intermittent Fasting Strategies: 

There are several different strategies, all of which involve splitting the day or week into eating and fasting periods. You eat very little or nothing at all during the fasting periods. Water, coffee, tea, and other non-caloric beverages are fine during fasting periods.

  1. The 16/8: This is the most popular strategy. This strategy involves fasting for 16 hours and restricting your daily eating period to 8 hours, such as 12PM to 8PM. This strategy is the simplest, as well as most sustainable and easiest to stick to.
  2. The eat-stop-eat: this strategy involves fasting for 24 hours once to twice a week.
  3. The 5:2: this strategy involves consuming only 500-600 calories on 2 non-consecutive days of the week and eating normally the other 5 days.

There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to nutrition. The best diet is the one that you can stick to in the long run. Intermittent fasting can be a powerful tool to lose weight for some. The only way to find out if it will work for you is to give it a try.   

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