Intermittent Fasting is a term for an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating. Fasting is not based on types of foods to be eaten, rather when you should eat. People seem to like this approach as they do not feel restricted like they would on a specific diet.
There are several different methods used, all of which include splitting a day or a week into eating periods and fasting windows. During a fasting window you would typically eat nothing at all. 2 of the most common methods are:
What are the benefits?
Fasting effect’s your body on both the cellular and molecular level. Three major changes to the body from fasting include:
Intermittent fasting works so well for people trying to lose weight because by creating a window, you are in turn eating less meals than you normally would. Because of the changes we already talked about in the hormones, fasting may also increase your metabolic rate, helping you burn more calories at rest. Therefore intermittent fasting is helping you lose weight from both sides of the weight loss equation of calories in and calories burned.
What are the downfalls?
Although intermittent fasting sounds magical, there are still downfalls. Not eating for long time periods can be very hard physically and mentally, especially if you have never tried it. People who have experience with fasting have reported feelings of extreme hunger, low energy and mental fog.
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