What Is Intermittent Fasting and How to Do It?
Intermittent fasting is quite a unique way of fasting that does not tell you what to eat or what not to, but when to eat instead; there are many intermittent fasting methods that include splitting days and weeks into eating periods and fasting periods. You can do it by extending your fasting period; you can skip breakfast and have your first meal in the evening. This is quite a popular intermittent fasting method known as the 16/8 fasting method.
You are allowed to consume no foodstuff during your fasting periods, such as water, coffee, tea, and other non-caloric beverages.
Popular Ways to Do Intermittent Fasting
Several methods of intermittent fasting exist, and each one is effective, but the effects of eating patterns can vary from person to person because no two people have the same body type. So, you have to figure out which method works best for you. I already mentioned the 16/8 method above, and here are some other ways to do intermittent fasting.
The 5:2 Fasting Method
The 5:2 intermitting fasting involves normal food intake in the first five days of a week and restricts calorie intake in the rest two days of the week. You need to make sure you don’t consume more than 600 calories in the last two days. If you are a female, you shall not consume over 500 calories.
The Eat Stop and Eat Method
This method involves 24 hours of fasting; you can eat at any time and then fast for 24 hours. For example, if you have your breakfast on Monday at 7 PM, now you will not eat anything by till Tuesday 7 PM.
Alternate Day Fasting
The alternate-day fasting method includes alternate fasting; you normally eat a day and fast the next day. However, you are allowed to eat up to 600 calories during fasting days.
The Warrior Diet
The warrior diet method involves eating small amounts of raw fruits and vegetables during the daytime and having a huge meal at night.
Spontaneous Meal Skipping
This method does not bind you to follow a strict intermittent diet method; you can skip your meals from time to time.
All these intermittent fasting methods are effective; you can choose and follow any of them based on your body type.