Intermittent Fasting to Lose Weight.
What is Intermittent Fasting?
Pros and Cons of Intermittent Fasting for Women
Intermittent fasting can help to lose weight but is not for everyone. If you are considering intermittent fasting there are different fasting programs you can follow and it may be worth starting with something less extreme. Research also shows short term fasting can help to speed up metabolism.
Types of Intermittent Fasting
Various methods of intermittent fasting exist, research shows women get better results with shorter fasting periods for example 14 hours, where you eat an evening meal at 6pm followed by a meal the next day at 8am. It's always best to listen to your body and do what works for you. For example a 12 hour fast followed by a 12 hour period where you eat your meals.
Coffee, tea, green tea or other herbal teas and water are all fine to drink during the fasting period. It's best to avoid soda, fruit juice and other drinks which contain calories.
24 Hour Fasting - Eating a meal every 24 hours.
16:8 Fasting - Fasting for 16 hours each day - Eating during 8 hours to include 3 meals and 2 snacks.
5:2 Fasting - Fasting for 2 Days with a calorie intake of 500 and eating as normal for 5 days.
Steps To Success
Consistency is key as well as eating nutrient dense foods and maintaining a calorie deficit during the eating non fasting period. Avoid intermittent fasting if you suffer from sleep problems, stress, are pregnant or nursing, have a history of eating disorders or binge eating or have any health issues.
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