05 Feb Breaking Down Intermittent Fasting
A hot topic in fitness has been intermittent fasting. Chances are that you’ve heard about it — but should you try it? Or maybe you’ve tried one type of fast but didn’t know about the various types of ways that you can intermittently fast.
Essentially, intermittent fasting isn’t changing what you eat — it’s changing when you eat. By changing the window of when you eat versus giving your body time to digest, advocates say it helps you burn fat and promote lean muscle mass. Many celebs are rumored to eat this way either to get ready for a certain role or as a way of life.
Types of Intermittent Fasting
Fasting for 12 hours a day – While it might seem like a lot, once you factor in sleep, it’s easy as pie. Plus, this type of fast helps you rule out late night snacking, which is a major calorie saver. Once you’re eating protein-packed nutritious meals and add intermittent fasting into the mix, you won’t miss that midnight snack.
16 hour fasts a day– With this type of fast, usually men stick to 16 hours while women fast for 14 hours a day. Also referred to as the Leangains program, this type of fast means fasting for longer periods. Advocates say they see more stubborn fat melt off and feel reduced hunger after sticking to the fast for about a week. The most common way this type of fasting is done is by skipping breakfast and eating a nice sized lunch and dinner.
Alternate day fasting- The name says it all. This type of fasting means fasting for a full day while eating regular meals the next. While we advise for you to speak with your doctor for any type of intermittent fasting, it’s especially important to make sure it’s a healthy decision for you to take part in a more extreme type of fast like this one.
Meal skipping– This type of fast is pretty straightforward. You skip meals when you’re not hungry. For example, if you’re not feeling very hungry for lunch after a nutritious breakfast, you skip lunch and eat when you are hungry.
What are the pros of trying intermittent fasting?
While not every person will benefit from intermittent fasting — if it’s right for you there can be many benefits. Today, we’ll share a few benefits with you that have been reported by those who stuck to intermittent fasting:
- Enhanced hormone function for weight loss. Especially in more stubborn areas such as the stomach.
- Reduced insulin resistance which leads to a reduction in blood sugar levels. This is important as it can help reduce the chance of Type 2 diabetes.
- Improved energy and focus. Intermittent fasting from an evolutionary perspective helps individuals thrive and reduces lethargy.
- Increased periods of ketosis. For those who are fans of the ever-popular keto diet or its results, intermittent fasting may be something to look further into. Your body will begin to better use fat as fuel, boosting ketone levels and functioning at its prime.
It’s important to note that the type of intermittent fasting you choose plus your diet and exercise will depend on the benefits you reap. No one plan will work for everybody so it’s important to fit a fast that works best for your lifestyle and aligns with your goals. These days, there are many apps on the market that can help you with your fasts like Zero. These apps let you track when your fasting begins and when it ends, allowing you to keep track of your progress. Happy Fe(asting)!