No matter if you are fasting to lose weight or just looking to use intermittent fasting to help control your weight, the important thing is to use it in a way that best fits with your personal lifestyle.
I have used I.F now for two and a half years, and I would say the main reason I have continued to use fasting to manage my weight is because I don’t have any set rules for when I should be fasting. I find the traditional one day on and one day off way of fasting far too restrictive for me. Today for example I am going to a Barbecue, I know I can fast tomorrow, and enjoy today, but with alternate day fasting, what would I have done if this was my fasting day ?. To use a form of calorie restriction ( in this case I.F.) and make it part of your permanent lifestyle you need flexibility to make it work.
Over time I have played around with how I fast, though I would say even now, my base plan is still eat stop eat , however I would still say I have created my own personal way of doing I.F.
One of the big changes in how I eat is , that even on a non fasting day, I will often still miss out a meal. Other than dinner with my family on an evening, I don’t really have a set meal time. I may eat something late morning, and then not eat again before dinner, or at other times, I may not eat before early afternoon.
The difference fasting has made in my life is a greater understanding of when I am actually hungry, and not just eating because it’s lunchtime.
We are all different, but creating your own flexible fasting routine for what best suits your lifestyle will bring you the results you want.