Intermittent Fasting: What it is and Why People Are Doing it

Intermittent fasting is one of the latest health trends that has been gaining traction quickly.

What is intermittent fasting?
Intermittent fasting is an umbrella term for various eating diet plans that cycle between a period of fasting and non-fasting over a defined period.

How do you do intermittent fasting?
Intermittent fasting can look very different from person to person, but the two most popular approaches are:
  1. 5:2 approach: In this approach, you restrict your calorie consumption to 25 percent of your daily needs twice a week, and eat normally the remaining five days of the week.
  2. Eight-hour approach: In this approach, you fast for 16 hours a day, eating only during an eight-hour time period. 
Is intermittent fasting good for you?
Intermittent fasting may help with weight management but isn't a guarantee. Intermittent fasting will likely lead to some weight loss in the short-term because people generally eat fewer calories on this plan, whether or not they are following a form of IF that specifically calls for limited-calorie days.

Studies have shown that intermittent fasting can have powerful benefits on your body and mind, and for weight control. Other studies state that it can also protect against Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

As with any diet plan, it’s important to talk with your doctor before you start.