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Intermittent Fasting Diet

by Dave on March 23, 2011

If you are considering an intermittent fasting diet to help you either lose weight or to assist you in keeping your weight under control, then there are a number of different ways you can do I.F.

Intermittent Fasting Diet

Intermittent Fasting Diet

Using different condensed eating windows is what sets the various intermittent fasting diets apart. Popular I.F methods include

ADF – Alternate day fasting. This method has a  36/12 hrs fast/feed . Many people have had success with this method, but I personally find fasting every other day too restrictive to my lifestyle. You can eat what you like on your non fasting day, but then you are fasting for 36 hours.

Eat Stop Eat 24 hrs fasting once or twice per week. You can read my eat stop eat review here to learn more about why I prefer this I.F. plan.

Leangains 16/8 hrs fast/feed. Martin Berkhan, the creator of Leangains is the most detailed on fasting and nutrition. If  using I.F. for bodybuilding is your interest, then leangains is what you need.

No matter what intermittent fasting diet plan you choose, calorie control is still important if weight loss is your goal. After using intermittent fasting for weight loss I would say the most important thing is to plan your fasts around your life, not your life around your fasts.

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  • andrew

    I’ve tried intermittent fasting and it works. However, calorie control IS essential (to me, anyway). But that’s only because when the fast is over. I can eat. A LOT.

    • Dave

      Yes Andrew, I agree with you, it still comes down to calories in v calories out, intermittent fasting is just a tool to help you reduce them. It just so happens I found it a very good one ;)

  • George Super Boot Camps

    I’d third that comment, calories are totally important. I find that when I go over 2000 for the day I stop losing fat. Even though that’s supposedly at least 500 below my daily needs. Go figure, it’s probably due to not counting effectively…

    I’d also second that IF is the easiest way by some distance for me to cut my calories out, feel satisfied (as opposed to hungry and irritated all day) and maintain muscle mass. I’ve also written about my experiences with IF on my blog (find it via my contact details for this post).

    Keep up the good work,
    George SuperBootCamps

    • Dave

      Hey George, I think you highlight one of the big problems we all face, namely the amount of calories we actually eat. It is so hard to count effectively.

  • Personal Trainer London

    I myself had some experience with IM. I know it’s a bit off mainstream but I thought it was brilliant and actually recommended a few of my clients to try it.
    It can be a hard challenge, mentally – but it’s worth it. Just the hormonal response alone is incredible.

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