The Beginner's Guide to Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent Fasting is on the lips of some of the world's most influential people from Celebrities to renowned Fitness Gurus.

This popular health and fitness trend is being used to improve health, strengthen spirituality, lose weight and simplify a healthy Lifestyle. If you have not heard about this trend, it is not too late to hop on board the Fitness Express and subscribe to this latest phenomenon.

Intermittent Fasting is a term used for eating patterns that cycles around eating and fasting. Just in case you were wondering, fasting is basically not eating food and filling that void (lack of food) with something. In Biblical times, people would fast for various things to strengthen their relationship with God. The thing about Intermittent Fasting is that it does not tell you what foods to eat; it is instead intentional on when to eat. There are 3 popular methods used to Intermittent Fast which are :

  • The 16/8 Method: Also called the Leangains protocol, it involves skipping breakfast and restricting your daily eating period to 8 hours, for example from 1 pm to 9 pm. Then you “fast” for 16 hours in between.
  • Eat-Stop-Eat: This involves fasting for 24 hours, once or twice a week, for example by not eating from dinner one day until dinner the next day.
  • The 5:2 Diet: On two non-consecutive days of the week, only eat 500-600 calories. Eat normally the other 5 days.
I know you are probably thinking this is another crazy Diet Trend thing that will probably pass before you blink! But it has been around as long as creation, as they say. Since the major side effect is hunger and feeling weak, it is highly recommended to check with a Doctor to see if it is right for you ... or start small! Never start this Health Trend by going without food for hours as your body could go into shock will have a negative impact.

Intermittent fasting is not something that anyone needs to do.
It is just one of many lifestyle strategies that can improve your health. Eating real food, exercising and taking care of your sleep are still the most important factors to focus on.
If you don’t like the idea of fasting, then you can safely ignore all of this. Just continue to do what works for you.
At the end of the day, there is no one-size-fits-all solution in nutrition. 
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