Intermittent Fasting (Summarized)
If you’ve been on social media lately, you’ve probably noticed that many of those you follow, famous and not, are trying the latest trend of Intermittent Fasting. Even though it seems like it's a new thing, it's actually been around for many years. There is a TON of research based on this trendy diet method so we figured we’d break it down and give you the pros and cons!
No intense restrictions
Easy to follow
Helps with digestive issues
No calorie counting
Helps create a structured schedule
Increased hunger in the beginning stages
No required focus on actual intake (type of food being eaten)
Promotion of overeating during the “eating hours”
Physical activity needs to adjust properly to amount eaten and time eaten
Side effects (dehydration, moody, fatigue)
There are multiple ways to go about intermittent fasting, it just depends on what works for you!
Here are a few options and others can be found here:
16/8 Method (most popular)
You fast for 16 hours and eat for 8 hours.
For example, you eat from 12pm-8pm but the rest of the time you fast. During the fasting time you’re able to drink water, coffee, and other zero calorie drinks.
You eat as you normally would 5 days out of the week and the other 2 days are a calorie deficit. This can also be mixed with the 16/8 about (5 days 16/8, 2 day deficit)
You eat as you normally would 5 days a week and then 2 days are a 24 hour fasting period. Water, coffee, and other zero calorie drinks are allowed.
When making the decision to change your lifestyle, it's always important to do your research and make an educated decision. Just because it's a trend doesn’t mean you should make a rash decision to join in nor make the decision to not consider an option. Here are some more resources for you to check out!
*As always, be sure to consult with your physician before making any changes.