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Intermittent Fasting – IF in a nut shell

Studies show that nearly half of adult population tries to lose weight at least once in their lifetime. The best way to lose weight is by changing your everyday diet. However, the number of diet plans available can make it hard for a person to get started due to many reasons. The choices one has to make between of which is the most effective and appropriate, many people find it difficult to pick and choose a diet.

Introduction to Intermittent Fasting 

While some diet plans work on calorie restriction, where you are supposed to limit the calorie intake, some diets focus on curbing your appetite. These diets done the right way will make you see rapid results and done the wrong way will come with health problems and further complications. It is always important to seek help and advice from professionals like health retreat NSW. By seeking professional guidance the chances of success will increase and will save you a lot of money and time in the long run.

Most importantly a diet followed under professional advice provides numerous advantages that go beyond weight loss. Here we look at intermittent fasting, a weight-loss method that is tried and tested by millions to lose weight and to improve one’s overall health.

A fasting and an eating pattern, that cycles between periods is not a diet in the traditional sense but more precisely described as an eating pattern.

Methods of Intermittent Fasting 

18/6 Method – Limiting your calorie consumption to 6 hours per day. Two main meals between 12 pm and 6 pm and fasting for 18 hours.

16/8 Method – Also known as Lean gains, and this method works by limiting your calorie intake for 8 hours per day. Two main meals between 12 pm and 8 pm and fasting for 16 hours.

Majority of people find the 16/8 method to be the simplest and most practical. Hence, it’s also the most popular method.

How Intermittent Fasting works?

Intermittent fasting works by restricting the time you are allowed to eat, which will lead you to reduce your calorie intake.  Simply either you eat very little or nothing at all during the fasting period.

This method will only work if you commit not to eat too much food, during the eating window which will ultimately result in weight loss.

An ancient fasting practice throughout history has been that humans are expected to function without food for long periods and are encouraged and practiced for spiritual purposes in Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism and Islam.

Benefits of intermittent fasting

  • Rapid weight loss compared to other methods.
  • Increases fat burning ability while preserving muscle mass.
  • Reduction in waist circumference.
  • Improves metabolism. 
  • Reduce inflammation.
  • Increased Insulin sensitivity.
  • Has anti-aging effects.

Popular in general, intermittent fasting is safe for most healthy adults. But those who are suffering from health conditions like diabetes, heart disease as well as pregnant women and breastfeeding moms should consult a healthcare professional before starting Intermittent Fasting. By far Intermittent Fasting stays on top of the weight loss diets as one of the most successful diets ever.  

Tim Rosengarten
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