Word ‘Intermittent Fasting’ itself suggest fasting at regular intervals. It’s an eating plan switching the eating and fasting on a regular schedule. The study says that this method is a way to control body weight and prevent or reverse some diseases.
What is it?
People have been hearing about many kinds of diet plans suggesting what to eat. In contrast, this plan doesn’t limit your food choices but cuts your eating time and makes you fasting for the period. So it’s not about ‘What to eat?’, it’s all about ‘When to eat?’
With the advent of technology, youth have many options for entertainment with the help of the internet. In the recent decade, we have witnessed various entertainment platforms making us watch movies and chat online. Thus, we are snacking all night and staying awake.
Extra calories add to our body during unusual times and inactive all day, leading to obesity, type-2 diabetes, and other illnesses. However, research proves that Intermittent Fasting can arrest this growth and reverse the trend.
Though there are several patterns to follow this fasting plan, it is recommended to speak to the health professional before adopting one. While intermittent fasting is not for everyone, it may be highly beneficial for some people.
1) 16/8 plan :
Our day is divided into two sets of windows in this approach, i.e. 16-hour and 8-hour. In 16-hour we set to fast, whereas in 8-hour window we are allowed to eat.
While some people tend to opt to skip breakfast and set an 8-hour window from noon to 8 pm, whereas some miss dinner by limiting their eating time from 9 am to 5 pm.
A person who follows this plan should make sure not to binge-snacking in their eating frame and try to include a balanced diet comprised of fruits, fresh veggies, whole grains, healthy fat and protein.
Many feel this method is an easy fit into any lifestyle.
2) 5:2 approach
It is pretty straightforward. You can typically eat 5 days a week without any restrictions, and you cut calorie intake to less than 500 calories on the other 2 days of the week. An example will be if you have chosen Mondays and Thursdays for one meal day, you can generally eat for the rest of the week. More extended periods of starvation may not necessarily help.