Intermittent fasting is a great thing to slowly incorporate into your life.
If you aren’t that familiar with what it is all about, well it’s basically where you abstain from eating food for a certain amount of time in a day, and then only allow yourself to eat during the remaining period.
I personally have been practicing it for a few years, and try my best to keep at it as much as possible. Although some days, I must admit, I do fail and end up starting off my day with a croissant and an espresso!
Types Of Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting (1) has many benefits, and one of the biggest being its positive effect on weight loss!
There are many stories about people who have used intermittent fasting as one of their tactics for a healthy weight loss, together with changing up their diets and working out.
The good news is there are various different types of intermittent fasting, so it’s not a one size fits all kinda thing!
Depending on your lifestyle, you can choose from any of the plans and adjust it to suit you best.
Below are 5 different types of intermittent fasting which will help with weight loss!
#1 The 16/8 Fast
Probably the most popular one around and the one I personally do, the 16/8 method of fasting is where you fast for 16 hours and eat for 8 hours.
This is the best one to start off with.
You give yourself a 16 hour window where you eat nothing, but you can consume drinks such as teas, coffees, water etc.
Thereafter, you have a 8 hour window where you can eat 2 or 3 meals, however you like.
The easiest way to do this method is by simply skipping one meal a day. Personally, I try and skip breakfast as it’s the easiest meal for me to skip.
For example, if I eat dinner at 8pm, then I will eat my first bit of food at midday the following day. This is 16 hours, and is really achievable.
Try stick to eating healthy foods during your eating period.
This way really is the best and easiest form of intermittent fasting.
#2 The 5:2 Method: Fast 2 Days A Week
This fasting method is where you eat normally for 5 days a week, then take 2 days where you will fast.
These 2 days do not have to be back to back, and can mixed throughout the week.
Your fasting days will consist of eating a maximum of 500-600 calories only.
For example, you could eat normally all week except for Mondays and Wednesdays, where you eat two small meals of 250 calories each.
#3 The 24 Hour Fast
This method is where you do a total 24 hour fast once week. Or if you can, twice a week.
You basically eat normally all week and pick one day where you eat dinner, then eat your next meal the following evening.
Water, coffees, teas and non alcoholic drinks are allowed during the fasting period.
A full 24 hour fast can be difficult for many people, myself included! The last few hours are pretty tough, especially if you are just at home waiting to eat.
#4 The Warrior Diet
This is where you fast all day and eat one massive meal at night.
During your fast you snack on healthy nuts and small pieces of raw fruit and vegetables.
You allow yourself a 4 hour eating period at night, where you enjoy yourself a feast.
#5 Skipping Random Meals
This one is also extremely easy and popular, yet won’t be as effective as the others.
You pretty much try skip a meal whenever possible. You then can still reap some of the benefits which come from intermittent fasting.
So for example if you wake up and don’t think you will be needing breakfast, then simply skip it!
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