Intermittent Fasting: Methods of Approach

When it comes to Intermittent Fasting, as previously talked about in my last blog post, it was briefly mentioned that there are a number of approaches when it comes to such. The few that were mentioned were only briefly mentioned and so in this blog is a rough bases of how each one works. Each method has it's own set up as well as what it takes to achieve such. All of these can be done in the comfort in one's home as well as if the individual is on a fixed budget. As well as previously discussed: This is not a substitute or plan of action as a means to treat a medical affliction and shouldn't be taken as such.

The 16:8- The most common of such methods, this method focuses on 16 hours of the individual taking in no caloric values of any kind outside of water or coffee and a few other items. This is the easiest one to take on in terms of what people are commonly use to especially in America where eating three meals a day is the usual means of which one goes about their day. What makes such easier is part of those 16 hours can be spent sleeping, for if the individual planned to stop eating at midnight and woke up at 8 am, that's already half of the wait time to eat suspended and less likely to taunt the individual into the temptation of giving in to their cravings. This is also the easiest of the methods for the individual can plan when it is they wish to fast and they can eat unlike many of the other methods out there. This also means they are free to choose what they wanna eat, so long as they consume it in that 8 hour window provided but it's advised to stay with things good for the body.

The 5:2- This method, unlike the 16:8, is referring to the days of the week. In this method of approach, a person takes 2 days out of their week in which they do not consume anything for the day. This method isn't recommended to beginners for not many people, especially in places like the U.S., aren't use to going a full day without a meal. So as a means to curb such, some start with 16 hours and work their way up incrementally. Others ween themselves into it by starting off with only getting x amount of calories and working their way to 0. It also to be advised that those doing this method should't do their two days of fasting within the same two day span.

The Warrior Diet: One of the more popular especially among body builders, this method of fasting revolves around the individual consuming berries, nuts, and fruits throughout the day and devouring a hearty meal at night. This is similar to how we as humans use to eat in our days of hunter and gatherers, and is similar to the Paleolithic diet in that people are generally eating things in their more natural form such as how it may be generally found in the wild. The difference here is: The person gets a 4 hour period in which they can devour a hearty meal of meat as apposed to the others listed where such isn't limited. Like the 16:8, this is commonly practiced throughout one's day to day life. However, like the 5:2, such shouldn't be done by those who aren't use to doing any forms of fasting and may be difficult to adjust to especially if one just goes in without some method of weening themselves into it.

Stay Tuned For Part 2.

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