Intermittent fasting has become a popular health and fitness trend!
This new dieting trend involves eating patterns that cycle between periods of eating and fasting. To suit different body types, there are six ways to perform intermittent fasting:
1 16/8 Method Within this method, you are fasting 16 hours day, which restricts your “eating window” to 8-10 hours daily. The recommended time for fasting is 7 PM till 11 AM the next day so that you are able to eat 2-3 meals during your “eating window.” *Women are recommended to fast 14-15 hours since they seem to do better with shorter fasts*
2 5:2 Diet This diet involves eating normally five days of the week while restricting calories to 500 for women and 600 form men on the other two days of the week. It is recommended that there is a regular eating day during in between the two fasting days.
3 Eat-Stop-Eat This form involves a 24-hour fast, either once or twice a week. During this fast water, coffee, and other non-caloric beverages are allowed, but NO solid foods. If you are doing this to lose weight, it is important to eat normally during your “eating window.” It may be hard at first, so don’t go all-in right away and try starting with the 16/8 method.
4 Alternate-Day Fasting This entails fasting every other day, whether that means not eating anything or only eating 500-600 calories on your fasting days is up to you.
5 Warrior Diet This diet involves eating small amounts of vegetables and fruits during the day, then eating one huge meal at night within a four-hour eating window. Food choices emphasized by this diet are quite similar to the Paleo Diet - whole, unprocessed foods that resemble what they look like in nature.
6 Spontaneous Meal Skipping This method is a bit different from the rest, in that it does not follow a structured intermittent fasting plan, allowing you to skip meals when convenient. So simply skip one or two meals when you don’t feel hungry or don’t have time to eat/cook.