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Jun 12, 2018

The Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

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Lets talk about one of the most popular health and fitness trends: INTERMITTENT FASTING.

What is it? Intermittent Fasting (IF) is simply an “eating pattern” that cycles between periods of fasting and feasting or “eating periods”. IF is NOT a diet as it doesn’t give you a meal plan.

The most popular method of IF is the 16/8 Method. It consists of 16 hours of fasting, restricting your “eating period”to 8 hours o. For example, you can choose to eat from 9 am to 5 pm and skip dinner, or you can eat from 1 pm to 9 pm and skip breakfast. Totally up o you! You can adjust it according to your daily routine and exercising hours.

Here are some other IF methods:

What are the benefits of IF? This is probably the most asked question about Intermittent Fasting, so here are some of the benefits of doing the IF:

IMPORTANT: Choosing healthy and nutrient-packed foods is KEY  factor while doing the Intermittent Fasting. Make sure to include lean protein, good fats, complex carbs, fruits, and vegetables as much as possible through the day!

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Side Effects of IF: Hunger is the main side effect of this “eating pattern”. You might feel a little weak on your first days of IF, and it is suggested that you choose to exercise during your 8-hour window at least at the beginning or until your body get used to the new “eating pattern”. And most important, if you have a medical condition it is HIGHLY recommended that you consult with your doctor before trying intermittent fasting.

 

Reference:
Gunnars, K. June 4, 2017. Intermittent Fasting 101 — The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide. HealthLine Media. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/intermittent-fasting-guide#section11

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