Everybody is crazy about this new weight loss program called intermittent fasting. It requires you scheduling your meals so that you don’t eat at particular intervals in a day.
So, for example, if you eat by 2pm and you choose maybe a 12hr fasting period you can't eat anything till 2am the next day. There are even apps for this thing already to help you track the time intervals between meals. It is said to have great results for weight loss enthusiasts.
The truth is, you probably already fast intermittently and haven't realized it. For example, if you ate dinner at 9pm and usually don't have breakfast or lunch till about 2pm the next day, that is already 17 hours without food in a day.
The program does not specify the types of food you can eat, as long as you're not over eating when you are supposed to. You should see results in weight loss. Common intermittent fasting methods involve daily 16-hour fasts or fasting for 24 hours, twice a week.
These are the most popular methods:
1. The 16/8 method: Here, you skip breakfast and you can only eat within a period of 8 hours such as 1–9 p.m and then you fast for 16 hours in between.
2. Eat-Stop-Eat: This one involves a full 24-hour fast, once or twice a week. For example, by not eating from dinner one day until dinner the next day.
You do, however, need to be careful about your health when considering this weight loss program. The fast allows your body to use up fat in your body as energy. This means your body is basically feeding off itself. So, if you have stomach ulcer you know not to indulge so aggressively.
Hunger is the main side effect of intermittent fasting.
You may also feel weak, slow and all the other things you feel when you are hungry. You may not perform your regular activities as well as you're used to.
This may only be temporary, cause it will take some time for your body to adapt to your new eating schedule.
If you have a medical condition, you should consult with your doctor before trying intermittent fasting
This is particularly important if you:
Have problems with blood sugar regulation.
Have low blood pressure.
Have a history of eating disorders.
Are a woman who is trying to conceive.
Are a woman with a history of amenorrhea.
Are pregnant or breastfeeding
So, as long as you're not using your eating periods to wolf down two boxes of pizza, three bottles of coke and a generous slice of cake, you should get your amazing weight loss results. You can also continue with your diet plan and work out plans as you fast. Just take it easy when you start and then build your way up.