What is Intermittent Fasting- 1 comprehensive guide for Beginners.

You just have to skip for a few hours and then eat whatever you want in your eating window. Simple, isn’t it? So, let’s break it down to a more simple level:

Intermittent Fasting

Nobody loves the word “fasting.” Who can stay away from delicious food? But Then Why Intermittent Fasting? Well, what if I tell you that you can have a pizza slice during this fasting. Wait..what..??? Yes, this is what I love the most about this fasting. You have to skip for a few hours and then eat whatever you want in your eating window. Simple, isn’t it? So, let’s break it down to a more simple level: what exactly IF is, how it can be done, and what things to take care of.

WHAT IS Intermittent Fasting?

Basically, intermittent fasting is where you eat and fast for a certain period throughout the day.

There are no specific restrictions on what to eat, only when to eat and how much to eat. Portion controlling is always an important aspect whenever you are going to diet or fasting.

The most famous or easily achievable IF window is 16:8, where you fast for 16 hours and have an 8-hour eating window.

The thing which makes it easy is that sleeping hours are also considered fasting. A normal human being sleeps for 7-8 hours on average plus 3-4 hours before sleep, and 3-4 in the morning will sum up to 16 hours of fasting. Easy-peezy!!

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND!

Portion Control: No doubt, there is nothing restricted in this fasting, but make sure one should consume limited calories and should not overeat.

Calories Count: Keep track of your calories. Down the line, the formula is the same: calories intake and calories burned. If calorie intake is excessive, nothing in this world can make your weight loss successful.

Things you can have: In the 16-hour fasting window, ever you feel hungry, grab something non-calorie stuff f.e Black coffee, Green Tea, Green Coffee, or any other non-calorie drink. These things keep you going and keep you on track.

TYPES OF Intermittent Fasting

  • The 5:2 fasting: This one is a kind of dieting plan where you usually eat for five days and for the rest two days you intake 500-600 calories depending upon you a woman/man
  • The Eat-Stop-Eat: In this, you have to fast for a whole day and have to do this twice. Pick any two days from the week and five days eat a normal and healthy diet for rest.
  • The Alternate Day Fasting: As the name suggests, you eat typical food on day one, and the next day you fast. (1)
  • The 16:8 fasting. In this, fasting is done for 16-hours and has an 8-hour eating window.

There are many more IF approaches, but these are some of the famous ones. I believe that 16:8 fasting is the easy one and doesn’t push you off the limit. Don’t make you starve like hell.

But make sure you do adequate research on IF before following it, or better to consult a certified dietician before starting it.

 

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I personally find the 16:8 fasting type to be difficult as a woman, and apparently, science (checked it out on Healthline for more information) actually recommends that women should try for 14-15 hours instead of 16. Each body is different is after all though. Don’t think I’ll be trying the Eat Stop Eat or Alternate Fasting methods any time in this century though, haha. Did you know there’s a Warrior and one where you do random skipping of meals? Those seem weirdly interesting.

Thanks for sharing and explaining the intermittent fast. I just completed a 3 week (21 day) Daniel’s Fast with my church. While on it I decided that it would be good for me to do it throughout the month and/or week. Your explanations give me options of which might be best for me. Thanks.

I’m curious what the benefits of IF actually are? Is this a weight loss thing or beneficial for the body in other ways? I have seen other articles out there on this topic, but haven’t read any others yet.

Hi Julie. It depends on how you do the IF. Let’s consider some scenarios –

Suppose you eat fast food regularly in the eating window, but it stays within the calorie limit, then it will help you in weight loss, but it might not be good for the body in the longer run.

Now, suppose you eat healthy food, but it doesn’t stay within the calorie limit, then you might put on some weight.

Because at the end of the day, it’s all about calories consumed and burned. What I implement on myself is, I do eat pizza or anything I like but only once a week (as a cheat meal). In simple words, keep things light, eat a healthy diet and have your favorite food sometimes.

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