Intermittent fasting is gaining popularity these days, but is it right for you? Maybe this article can help you decide if you should give it a try or not.
Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern in which you cycle between fasting and eating.
It is gaining popularity these days, but is it right for you?
In this article, I’ll go over some things you should know before deciding whether or not to try intermittent fasting.
Many people first discover intermittent fasting as a way to lose weight.
It’s true that it is a very effective way to do that, but it also has other health benefits. Not only will it help you lose weight, but at the same time, it promotes muscle building.
One of the more surprising benefits is cellular regeneration. In fact, all types of fasting improve your stem cells' ability to regenerate.
And finally, it simplifies your life since you no longer have to think about breakfast. This is a timesaver too.
There are two sides to every coin, and it’s no different from intermittent fasting.
The disadvantages vary depending on your personality.
If you are used to eating, you will be hungry, and you may experience a lack of energy, especially at the start of your fasting journey..
However, the human body is very adaptable. If you can hold out the first few days, you will probably find that morning hunger will disappear.
There are some people that shouldn’t do intermittent fasting. These include underweight people, pregnant women, and those with eating disorders.
If you have any other health conditions, you should definitely consult with your doctor before trying intermittent fasting (or any new diet regime).
Perhaps you have decided you want to give intermittent fasting a go. Your next question is probably
“How do you do intermittent fasting?”
There are a few ways.
The first and simplest way is the 16/8 strategy, which involves having an eight-hour eating window and a 16-hour fasting window.
You can still drink water, coffee without sugar (including bulletproof coffee), and other things that don’t have many calories. With the 16/8 strategy, you're basically just skipping breakfast.
The eat stop eat method is another option. With this method, you fast for 24 hours once or twice a week.
Most people will find this harder than the first method since it is a long single period of fasting, but it is definitely doable.
Finally, the five to two diet is when you only consume a maximum of 600 calories on two non-consecutive days. If you don’t mind some calorie counting, this may be a good way to go for you.
So should you try intermittent fasting?
It really depends on what you want to achieve and how much fasting affects you.
If you don’t have any medical conditions that may cause problems, I suggest giving this a go for a week and seeing how you feel.
I used to do this and stopped because I felt like I need more energy since I started exercising more.
But recently I started up again with the addition of bulletproof coffee in the morning. The healthy fats in the coffee really help keep the hunger away.
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He has had a passion for martial arts and outdoor pursuits since he was a young boy growing up in Australia.
As a young adult he joined the military and studied outdoor leadership in college. After that, to further his skills, Sam started traveling to learn from the best in the world in various fields related to the Survival Fitness Plan including various martial arts in China, SE Asia and Brazil, Parkour in Singapore, Surf Life Saving in Australia, and others.
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