Intermittent fasting is a diet form which focuses on time-restricted eating, rather than the foods you consume. The most popular variation of intermittent fasting is referred to as 16:8. This plan calls for a 16 hour fast per day with an 8-hour window for feeding. This method is safe to use daily, or a few times per week- whatever works for you. Most users opt for either a feeding window from noon to 8pm or even during work hours such as 9am-5pm.
Research on intermittent fasting is limited, however, studies have indicated that children with epilepsy suffered less epileptic seizures when committing to the intermittent fasting lifestyle.
In addition to the 16:8 diet, another variation of fasting has emerged as the 5:2 diet. This method entails eating regularly, as one does, 5 days a week, while the other 2 days are restricted to a limited consumption of only 500 calories. These days of fasting should not be consecutive as the body needs to recharge with the correct amount of calories and nutrients to survive.
While fasting can be a way to lose weight, it is vital to have a balanced and healthy diet while undergoing to 5:2 lifestyle shift. All seven days should consist of healthy foods with essential nutrients, dietary fiber, and vitamins. With this being said, armor up with lots of fruits and vegetables in addition to your protein intake. Since fruits and vegetables are calorically low, they pack in a hefty amount of vitamins and nutrients we wouldn’t otherwise consume from meats, bread, cheeses, etc.
Intermittent fasting is one of many ways to change your eating habits and develop a better relationship with the food you consume.