So, what is intermittent fasting?
Intermittent fasting is not a diet, but instead is another way of scheduling your meals so that you get the most out of them. Intermittent fasting doesn’t change what you eat, it changes when you eat. People partake in intermittent fasting as a way to get lean without having to go on a crazy diet. In addition, intermittent fasting is used by people who also want to lose weight, too.
I’ve asked Fitness Trainer, Gary North to weigh in on intermittent fasting as he’s used this type of eating to get both lean and lose weight, too.
A friend recommended intermittent fasting to me and explained that it wasn’t for the faint at heart. The thought of going 16 hours without eating didn’t sound appealing to me, but as a fitness trainer I wanted to improve my physique for personal reasons and my clients, too. I can see how intermittent fasting can be overwhelming to those who are new to fitness. Before intermittent fasting, I cardio fasted and then would eat immediately after. Now, with intermittent fasting I waited hours before eating my first meal. I actually felt more focused in my workouts in a fasted state and it didn’t bother me as much as I thought. After the first week I had already lost two pounds and being fasted had became a breeze. It even helped me to stay lean while bulking, which was great. If you partake in intermittent fasting correctly there’s no way you can fail at reaching your fitness goals.
Below are some of the most popular ways to intermittent fasting:
- The 16/8 Method: Also called the Leangains protocol, it involves skipping breakfast and restricting your daily eating period to 8 hours, for example from 1 pm to 9 pm. Then you “fast” for 16 hours in between.
- Eat-Stop-Eat: This involves fasting for 24 hours, once or twice a week, for example by not eating from dinner one day until dinner the next day.
- The 5:2 Diet: On two non-consecutive days of the week, only eat 500-600 calories. Eat normally the other 5 days. More details here.
Intermittent fasting is currently one of the world’s most popular health and fitness trends. People are using it to lose weight, improve health and simplify their healthy lifestyle. For more info regarding intermittent fasting, whether it’s learning how to fast or its benefits visit Healthline.com