A novel eating strategy that is currently receiving a lot of interest is intermittent fasting. Everyone has heard that one needs to exercise frequently and intensely in order to reduce weight. Although it is true that regular exercise is essential for preserving health and shedding pounds, the question remains: "Is exercise by itself truly sufficient? No. It is nearly impossible to lose weight and consistently keep it off without dietary adjustments.
Most people avoid diet and exercise at this point since it is often believed that you must restrict yourself of the things you enjoy in order to lose weight.
What if you didn't, though?
The idea of losing weight through intermittent fasting is not necessarily new. For both cultural and religious reasons, fasting is a common practice in many civilizations. In certain situations, fasting is done to cleanse the body rather than to lose weight. The typical duration of this fasting technique ranges from a few days to a month.
What if we fasted every day, rather than for days on end? The same is true of intermittent fasting weight loss techniques. The IF (Intermittent Fasting) practitioner fasts every day for anything between 16 and 20 hours rather than days or weeks.
For the majority of people, a normal eating day looks something like this:
This schedule means that eating is spread out over a 12+ hour eating window which allows for a lot of time for overeating. Intermittent fasting allows you to eat relatively the same amounts of food, just within a compressed timeframe.
An intermittent fasting weight loss schedule would look something like the following:
Weight loss is achieved by eating less food and making the same amount of daily effort. Additionally, by consuming more water, your body has more chances to flush out waste and extra sodium.
Does intermittent fasting have any benefit? Absolutely. It has helped a lot of people continuously lose weight while maintaining their gains in muscle and strength. There is a two-week mental adjustment period.
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