Intermittent fasting has become one of the most popular methods for weight management and fat loss, but it’s more than just a trend. In addition to helping people lose weight, research has shown that intermittent fasting can positively influence metabolic health. It can also contribute to a healthy lifestyle and lifespan by simplifying food intake and giving the digestive system a break.
types of fasts
The idea behind intermittent fasting is to eat food during a certain predetermined timeline and abstain from eating for the remainder of the day - in essence, eating according to certain cycles. For example, there’s the 16:8 intermittent fasting method, which offers an eight-hour window of eating, and 16 hours spent fasting. The 5:2 intermittent fasting method takes that cycle a step further, with five days of regular eating coupled with two days of fasting. There’s also the method of doing an intermittent fast in accordance with your circadian rhythm, which means, eating during a 12-hour window, and fasting from after dinner until breakfast the next morning, making up the other 12-hour window.