Two Common Ways To Do Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is just one of those options that people can consider in order to lose weight. Intermittent fasting may not be called a type of diet in itself considering that it does not provide guidelines on what and what not to eat. More accurately, it may be considered as an eating pattern since it has to do more with how people time their eating. There are many different ways that people can do intermittent fasting. Here are just some of them.

The 16/8 Method

There are different ways you can practice intermittent fasting depending on how you are able to keep up with it. One of the more common ones include the 16/8 method of fasting. This method is also known as the Leangains protocol, which was popularized by Martin Berkhan, a fitness expert. This method of intermittent fasting involves 16 hours of fasting and an 8-hour window for eating everyday. Within the eating window, people can still fit in 2 to 3 meals, and sometimes even more.

In this type of fasting, it can be as simple as eating dinner at 8 pm at the very latest and then skip eating anything until 12 noon. In a way, you have fasted for only a total of 8 hours since you spend almost half of it sleeping. You are also permitted to drink up liquids during your scheduled fast such as coffee and other non-caloric beverages. It is also important to note that you also need to make sure that you eat only healthy foods during your eating window to ensure that you get the best results out of your fasting.

The 5/2 Method

While some people may not be able to maintain daily fasting as a regular habit, they may be able to prefer doing it in spurts. Some people may find it okay to fast on certain days and eat regularly in some. This is where the 5/2 Method of fasting can apply.

The 5/2 Method of intermittent fasting simply involves fasting for two alternate days of each week. You can go fasting on any chosen two days of the 7-day week. But you are still  permitted to eat from 500 to 600 calories during your fast days and you get to eat normally during the rest of the week. This method is also called the Fast Diet popularized by British doctor Michael Mosley. Although there are no studies yet about the effectivity of the 5/2 Diet, there have been several studies that can vouch for the many benefits of intermittent fasting in itself.



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