Intermittent fasting has recently become very popular these days and are in health trend. It’s claimed to cause weight loss, improve metabolic health, and perhaps even extend lifespan. With several methods of changing eating pattern it is said to be effective. Here are 6 popular ways to do intermittent fasting in order of their popularity
The 16/8 method
The 16/8 method is the popular method that involves fasting every day for 14–16 hours. In this one has to restrict daily eating window to 8–10 hours. One can fit in two, three, or more meals. Also known as the Lean gains protocol and was popularized by fitness expert Martin Berkhan. Not eating anything after dinner and skipping breakfast.
For example, if someone finishes meal at 8 p.m. and don’t eat until noon the next day, that person is technically fasting for 16 hours, for woman it is 14–15 hours of fast because they seem to do better with slightly shorter fasts..
The The 5:2 diet involves eating normally 5 days of the week . It is way of restricting your calorie intake to 500–600 for 2 days of the week. Also popular as Fast Diet and is termed by British journalist Michael Mosley. On the fasting days, it’s recommended that women eat 500 calories and men 600.Here is an example, you might eat normally every day of the week except Mondays and Thursdays and for those two days you eat two small meals of 250 calories each for women and 300 calories each for men. As critics correctly point out, there are no studies testing the 5:2 diet itself, but there are plenty of studies on the benefits of intermittent fasting.
Eat Stop Eat involves a 24-hour fast once or twice per week. This method was popularized by fitness expert Brad Pilon and has been quite popular for a few years. By fasting from dinner one day to dinner the next day, this amounts to a full 24-hour fast.
For example, if you finish dinner at 7 p.m. Monday and don’t eat until dinner at 7 p.m. the next day, you’ve completed a full 24-hour fast. You can also fast from breakfast to breakfast or lunch to lunch — the end result is the same.
Water, coffee, and other zero-calorie beverages are allowed during the fast, but no solid foods are permitted. If you’re doing this to lose weight, it’s very important that you eat normally during the eating periods. In other words, you should eat the same amount of food as if you hadn’t been fasting at all. There are several different versions of this method. Some of them allow about 500 calories during the fasting days. Many of the test-tube studies showing health benefits of intermittent fasting used some version of this method. A full fast every other day can seem rather extreme, so it’s not recommended for beginners.