Post by liv on Sept 16, 2017 9:16:49 GMT
Intermittent fasting is increasingly popular as a method to lose weight
This fasting method involves eating healthily for five days of the week and limiting your food intake to 500 or 600 calories for the remaining two days.
This is not for everyone as the fasting days can be tricky to fit around busy lifestyles, especially if you like to train a lot or have a hectic work schedule.
Fasting days can cause tiredness and a lack of concentration, which can impact on your daily life.
This involves fasting for 14-16 hours each day, which restricts your eating window to between eight and ten hours.
This is the simplest of fasting methods and normally means eating your evening meal a little earlier and breakfast late.
This can get tricky if you're a big breakfast lover but for people who often skip breakfast they're usually instinctively eating this way regardless.
This involves a full 24-hour fast every one or two weeks.
The start of your fast may be fine but for most people they become ravenously hungry towards the end of the day and this can lead to mood swings, dizziness and an inability to concentrate.
"It is not about calories, it is about levels of insulin in your blood, it turns carbohydrates into body fat. If you have low blood insulin, your body will not store carbohydrates as body fat - and that is what intermittent fasting is all about - if you fast from eighteen hours a day to two days a week, to even seven or fourteen days, your insulin levels drop dramatically and if at the same time, you stop feeding your body refined carbohydrates like sugar and flour, your body will burn body fat for energy instead. This is scientifically documented now as being the only 'diet' that can actually work. But it is more of a lifestyle change and of course exercise is always a good idea, but not essential with intermittent fasting. My neighbour has lost 15kg in three weeks of intermittent fasting (with tea and beef broth allowed) for five days out of seven."