With the myriad of diets out there promising quick and sustainable results, Intermittent Fasting is the one that intrigues me most. Its premise that it is less a diet but more of a lifestyle and while still allowing you to consume the foods that you enjoy but gives a timeframe in which to eat (healthy) within set time periods, seems promising. The results promise a healthy and sustainable weight loss, in addition to aiding in decreasing the likelihood of chronic disease. Further, there isn’t one full proof method in achieving results with this plan. There are 3 practices which can be customized to your lifestyle: The 16/8 method, also known as Leangains which restricts your eating to a period of 8 hours while fasting for a total of 16 hours Eat Stop Eat, once or twice a week fast for a 24 hour period between meals 5:2 diet, where you eat between 500-600 calories on any two non-consecutive days during the week while consuming your normal diet on the other days of the week
*important note: the consumption of water throughout both period of eating and fasting is key, don’t skip. Black coffee, no sugar, milk or cream is also allowed during fasting for those of us who cannot forgo our daily caffeine intake.
So I think I’ll give this a try and see how it goes.