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What is Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent fasting is a fad but it seems that this craze can go for long because of its staggering health benefits. In this fasting, one needs to fast for a period of time per day or alternate days for as long as they want. The day is divided into two parts. In one part, one needs to fast and on the other part, one needs to eat as normal. The duration of fasting is from twelve to thirty-six hours.

Intermittent fasting Science:

Intermittent fasting helps in lowering insulin levels in the body. Carbohydrates are broken down into sugar glucose that our body uses as a source of energy. If the body doesn't use it then it stores it in fat cells or as fat. When the human body is on fast, its insulin level gets down and these fat cells release stored glucose that provides energy. So, the science behind intermittent fasting is to lower insulin levels to the extent that body fats start releasing stored sugar for energy and thus burn body fats.

How to Do Intermittent Fasting?

There are different methods to do intermittent fasting and one can choose a method that suits them. The following methods are commonly used to do intermittent fasting:

Intermittent Fasting 16/8:

This is the most famous type of intermittent fasting. In 16/8 intermittent fasting, One needs to do fast for 16 hours and then eat normally for 8 hours. He/She can take up to all-day calories in these hours with 2-3 meals. This fasting can be done daily or on alternate days or a couple of days a week.

Intermittent Fasting 12/12:

If someone can't cope with 16/8 intermittent fasting then he/she can do 12/12 'IF'. In this fasting, one needs to fast for 12 hours and eat normally on the other 12 hours. Again, this intermittent fasting can be done daily or on alternate days or on a few days per week. When the body gets used to it then one can increase the number of fasting hours and days per week.

Intermittent Fasting 14/10:

In this method, when the body gets used to 12/12 intermittent fasting then one can increase two more hours of the fasting period and can eat 10 hours as normal.

Intermittent Fasting 5:2:

In this fasting, one can eat normally for 5 days a week and can have fast for 2 days a week. In these two days of fasting, one can eat but not more than 600 calories. Fasting for 2 days can be hard, so, many people go for the above three methods.

Eat-Stop-Eat Intermittent Fasting:

In eat-stop-eat intermittent fasting, one can fast for the whole day and then eat as normal. This method is recommended to do once or twice a week.

Bulletproof Intermittent Fasting:

Bulletproof fasting is similar to 16/8 intermittent fasting, the only difference is the bulletproof coffee. For this fasting, one can drink bulletproof coffee in the morning and not more than that. In order to know how to make bulletproof coffee and what is it actually, check the post, 'Bulletproof coffee: Everything You Want to Know'.

Intermittent Fasting Benefits:

Intermittent fasting has multifarious benefits on health. Have a look at its benefits below:
  • Intermittent fasting helps in weight loss and one can lose weight without even doing exercise.
  • It can protect from developing Type 2 diabetes.
  • It boosts body energy levels.
  • Intermittent fasting can repair damaged cells.
  • It can help in lowering the bad cholesterol level.
  • Intermittent fasting is good for the nervous system and can protect from neurodegenerative diseases.
  • It boosts brain health and makes memory better.
  • It reduces body inflammation.
  • It can also help in lowering blood pressure.
  • Intermittent fasting can protect from developing cancer.

Intermittent Fasting Food List:

For losing weight, it's better to avoid carbohydrates in the eating period of intermittent fasting. Eat the following foods when on IF.
  • Eat a high fibre diet like fruits, vegetables, beans, and nuts.
  • Eat foods high in protein like fish, meat, and nuts, etc

Note:

One can drink water during fasting to keep themselves hydrated. Intermittent fasting can help to lose weight without exercise but it's advisable to add some exercise or activities when one gets used to it for better results.  Children with type 1 diabetes or those having diabetes, pregnant woman or trying to conceive or on breastfeeding, and people having certain chronic diseases shouldn't do intermittent fasting. Always ask the doctor if one has certain medical conditions before doing intermittent fasting.

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  1. I'm personally a huge fan of intermittent fasting, I do this all the time. Great to learn about the different variations on how to do it!

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  2. Thanks for sharing these fasting benefits! I have heard some positives about intermittent fasting, but I was not aware of all these benefits!

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  3. Wow....I didn't know we have these many ways of fasting, intermittently! I wanna try out the bulletproof way, though. Looks like I can handle it.

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  4. I have so many friends that tried this. It is proven efficient and really effective. This is actually a well known way to lose significant amount of weight.

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  5. I used to do this when I was in college and it was really effective, but I can't maintain it for a long time. It's hard because I love to eat when I'm stressed haha

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  6. I'm doing 16/8 currently and I've seen the impact in my body within 3 days. I feel like I lost at least 2 pant sizes in the past week since I've started. I plan on slowly reducing the hours until I reach OMAD. Wish I had done this pre wedding though!

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  7. When I used to do Keto, I did quite a bit of in Intermittent Fasting. The results were very favorable.

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  8. I have heard that intermittent fasting can work wonders. I haven't tried it. I am not adverse to , if I feel I need to.

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  9. I believe in intermitten fasting. though it really requires one discipline and control. our body needs a break from receiving foods in order to replensih itself.. i guess this is best paired with exercise. :)

    Cha at Little MisadvenCHA

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  10. As much as I'd love to try this I'm a stress eater and I tend to binge if I fast. Not sure if I could do this or not. Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us!

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  11. Intermittent Fasting can be very effective if you do it the right way. Always consult your doctor or nutritionist before performing it. Just to be sure!

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  12. I've been there and done that, and ended up back in an unhealthy restriction cycle. As much as I think it can help some people, I also think if gone too far or if you have a previous history of restrictive eating disorders, then it's just not a good idea.

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  13. The problem with me is that I want to lessen My weight but then I do not have the discipline to do like that intermittent fasting.

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  14. Fascinating! My friend tried this and said it really works. I would like to try this in the summertime when I don't have the urge to eat all the time.

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  15. I have been doing intermittent fasting for years. I am used to it as just the way I eat now.

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  16. I heard wonderful things about intermittent fasting. I heard about the great results for optimum health.

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  17. I heard about intermittent fasting, but I had no idea what it means. THanks for the info!

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  18. I do like intermitent fasting and have practiced it a lot during the past two years. Combined with a keto diet it is a perfect way to lose weight.

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  19. I formerly doubt about trying intermittent fasting because I do mental work all the time (student plus computations at work). However, Ive read that it really is good for the brain in stimulating. It actually does a good job. Thanks for sharing this post. :)

    Cha at Little MisadvenCHA

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  20. I have really been trying to get off the ground with intermittent fasting. I do it for a day, maybe two and then slip up. Gotta try again!

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  21. Great for anyone looking for a new way to lose unwanted weight. Of course seeking advice from a doctor or nutritionist would be the ideal first step.

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  22. Never heard of this, maybe because I'm trying to gain weight. But if it works for people looking to loose weight, that's great.

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  23. I tried this before, but i don't think its for me. It just don't fit my lifestyle.

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  24. I tried this last year and honestly i lost so much weight i had to try to eat more!

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  25. I tend to do intermittent fasting. I'm just not hungry in the mornings so why eat.

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  26. great information. thanks for sharing

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  27. Thanks for sharing this great information. I think I can benefit from intermittent fasting.

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  28. This article is fantastic, you've provided a lot of great information! Thanks for sharing this with all of us.

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  29. I was on intermittent fasting and had seen great results! It worked for my lifestyle and I also workout with an empty stomach to burn more fat that way.

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  30. I have a friend who tried intermittent fasting and it was really effective for her!

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  31. I heard about the great results from this technique. Thanks for sharing.

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  32. Great i am impressed by this content

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  33. I don't like that method I lost a lot of weight and alot from my belly region but my face change a bit and I would have to be very cautious when I start to eat again. In fear of gaining weight back in my stomach area. But you shared some great techniques for other to learn from.

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  34. I intermittent fast from 11pm until 7am...lol just kidding. It definitely works well for lots of people as a way to lose weight. I actually stop eating around 9pm after my bowl of popcorn. And don't eat again until 10:00am. So it is a modified intermittent fast. haha

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  35. i really want to try this out, i have heard so much about it.

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  36. I have family members who have used fasting for weight loss with great success. Thanks for sharing!

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  37. Intermittent fasting can be beneficial if we do it properly. Always consult a doctor and nutritionist before doing it.

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  38. I did this last year and saw really great results but I couldn't do it for too long. I think it suits some people ore than others.

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  39. It's the first time I've heard about this Intermittent Fasting, learned a new thing or two about this today. It's great that you compile all this information and it's quite easy to understand too.

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  40. I have heard people have great success with this. I love that it can help reset your body so to speak. I bet this will be quite helpful for anyone looking to learn more about intermittent fasting.

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  41. I've heard of this before, but never looked too far into it. I'm looking to take off a few pounds...I may just give it a try! Thanks!

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  42. I do it for a year and it does not feel like fasting anymore. Fasting would be something over 36, this is just normal

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  43. Intermittent fasting. Never really of this. This post was eye opening to me

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  44. This is one trend that I can actually get behind. The health benefits make it worth trying, as long as you do it the right way.

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  45. Will have to try this out!

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