Let's break it down...
Intermittent fasting is not a diet, it's an eating pattern.
It goes back and forth between periods of fasting and eating.
It doesn't specify which foods you should eat but rather when you should eat them.
Here are some of the popular methods of intermittent fasting:
- The 16/8 method involves skipping breakfast and just eating all your meals during an 8 hour period. For example, only eating between 12 - 8 pm or 1 - 9 pm.
- The Eat-Stop-Eat method involves fasting for 24 hours once or twice a week.
- The 5:2 method involves eating only 500-600 calories on 2 different days of the week, but eating normally the other 5 days.
Intermittent fasting can help you lose weight without having to restrict calories at each meal.
By removing 1 meal each day (usually breakfast) you decrease the number of calories you consume.
One of the hardest parts of fasting is getting used to being hungry.
While human beings can survive without food for several weeks, we are used to eating at regular intervals and the feeling of hunger can be overpowering.
We've all been "hangry" before and we think that if we don't get food soon, we'll kill someone or starve to death.
Some people can handle fasting well, while others just aren't comfortable with it.
If you're underweight or you've had a history of eating disorders, you shouldn't fast without talking to your doctor first.
Fasting is also not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, as they need a certain amount of calories.
Have you ever tried fasting? If so, what was your experience?
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