Intermittent Fasting Explained
Intermittent Fasting, often shortened to I.F. is the process of fasting on a semi regular basis. The traditional approach to using intermittent fasting would be to to take a day off from eating every 48 hours. Simply explained this would mean you eat as normal on Thursday and then not eat on Friday but resume eating as normal on the Saturday, before again fasting on the Sunday. In this way the Intermittent Fasting schedule is restricting calories over the week by having periods where you are not consuming food.
Intermittent Fasting – Making It Work For You
Strict Intermittent Fasting as described above will produce weight loss, but in my view is too restrictive to follow long term. I myself find that fasting on the weekend would be impossible, and of course with the every other day fasting routine, you are going to have a day on the weekend that clashes with your fasting day. I believe that we have to fit our diet around our lifestyle, not our lifestyle around our diet. The key to using fasting for weight loss is flexibility. As you will see on this blog, I have experimented with my own intermittent fasting times . You can see the results of how much weight and body fat I lost in this post Intermittent Fasting Fat Loss
Intermittent Fasting What Works Best ?
Many who use intermittent fasting to control their weight do so using a condensed eating window . In my own experience I have found that a flexible intermittent fasting schedule will help in reducing body fat and help with keeping weight off. As we are all individuals with different daily lives, it is important that you use I.F. in the best way for you and not be restricted by any rules. Read my post Intermittent Fasting What Works For You For more details. Also please remember that if you are fasting for weight loss calories still matter
My weight loss success has been achieved by not depriving myself of the foods I love, and by allowing enough flexibility in my use of intermittent fasting over the long term. After trying different variations of I.F. I am of the opinion that the results achieved by fasting 24 hours once or twice per week ( In my case I use 2 ) are the best for both losing weight and keeping it off for the long term. Read my Eat Stop Eat Review for more detail on this method
Update On Using Intermittent Fasting - I have kept the weight I lost off now for more
than a year than 2 years. I also lost a further 10lbs on 2010 from my original target. Now in 2012 I stay around 73 and 76 kilo range, usually 74/ 75 kilos.
For me, the easy way to not only lose weight, but to keep my weight under control is with an intermittent fasting diet .
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