If you wish to "go on a diet,” it is best that you consult with your doctor before making any dietary adjustments.
That being said, there have been a number of inquiries on Intermittent Fasting in recent months. People are asking what it is, if it is healthy, if I will lose weight, and how I do it. Although the intermittent fast is becoming increasingly popular among weight loss strategies, it is still relatively new in the scientific study field. Many individuals are unaware that they are already doing it. When you sleep, you are essentially starving intermittently.
This post will provide a general overview of Intermittent Fasting and what it entails. This isn't a how-to, tell-all, or prescription for how to execute an intermittent fast; rather, it's a response to some of the queries received about the newest "weight loss approach" that's causing a stir.
What exactly is intermittent fasting? It is a type of eating pattern in which one fasts for a length of time and then eats for another period of time. The three most prevalent ways encountered in the literature are the weekly/monthly, 24-hour, and daily 16/8 or 20/4 intermittent fasts. During the 24 hour regimen, the individual does not eat or drink anything except water, green tea, and sometimes some Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAA). After that 24-hour time has passed, they resume eating. During the 16/8 or 20/4 regimen, the individual does not eat for 16 to 20 hours and then consumes meals for the remaining 4 to 8 hours.
The subject of whether an intermittent fast is beneficial or not is still being debated, which is why you should see your doctor before making such a drastic change to your diet.
Will an intermittent fast help me lose weight? This is also a very contentious matter because it is heavily influenced by many other mitigating circumstances, such as what your "regular" non-fasting diet consists of, whether you have any underlying medical conditions, and so on. If you fast for one day but eat nothing but processed meals, fast food, animal products, and desserts, you are unlikely to lose weight. Before using intermittent fasting as a weight loss strategy, one must have a solid foundation of nutritional knowledge.
In general, athletes, weight lifters, and body builders have adopted this type of eating/fasting program to "lean out" and reduce their body fat percentage. They all understand the guts and bolts of nutrition as well as the more sophisticated components of nutrition, so putting in something like the routines outlined above to take a few percentage points off of their body fat and "lean out" is an easy addition to their routine.
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