Intermittent fasting is trending all over the world. Everyone is talking about this diet plan. Is this something which is newly discovered or has been in the culture of India for several centuries.
Intermittent fasting is basically fasting for a day in a week or 16 hours in a day. It all depends on you how you want to take this diet into your schedule.
Intermittent fasting does not explain what to eat rather explains when to eat.
How to Do Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting has been very popular for many years and several different methods have been used.
All of them involve splitting the day or week into “eating periods” and “fasting periods.” During the fasting periods, you eat either very little or nothing at all.
These are the most popular methods:
- The 16/8 Method: It involves skipping breakfast and restricting your daily eating period to 8 hours, for example from 1 pm to 9 pm. Then you “fast” for 16 hours in between.
- Eat-Stop-Eat: This involves fasting for 24 hours, once or twice a week, for example by not eating dinner one day until dinner the next day.
- The 6:1 Diet: On two non-consecutive days of the week, only eat 500-600 calories. Eat normally the other 5 days. More details here.
By making you eat fewer calories, all of these methods should make you lose weight as long as you don’t compensate by eating much more during the eating periods.
I’ve personally found the 16/8 method to be the simplest, most sustainable and easiest to stick to. It is also the most popular.
If you combine this method with Keto-diet than it is more effective and beneficial.