What is Intermittent Fasting?
Intermittent fasting (IF) is one of the world’s most popular health and fitness trends right now. When we fast, we refrain from eating over a period of time and intermittent fasting deliberately extends this period. There’s a lot of structure to you want to see results from IF!
Here are two of the most popular methods; the 16:8 and the 5:2. The 16:8 requires a 16 hour fasting period followed by eight hours of normal eating. The 5:2 involves restricting your calories to approximately 500 for two days and distributing these restrictive days among five normal calorie days.
Is 16 hours too much for you? It really isn't as tough as it seems, some may say it's #lemonsqueezy. Intermittent fasting does not call for a drastic change in lifestyle, you must simply adjust your feeding window. There’s no set diet for intermittent fasting and it also cuts out on calorie counting, allowing you to be a lot more liberal with your diet (eating healthy and balanced is suggested though).
Why do people love it?
Why should you consider intermittent fasting? Research shows some pretty transformative benefits that are not only related to weight loss and lean muscle building. Studies have shown that IF can reduce the risk of heart disease, improve memory and reduce inflammation. When your body isn’t caught up digesting food, it has time to do a lot of other things!
Do you fear missing out on breakfast?
Medically there’s actually no requirement to eat breakfast! You can break your fast at any time of the day! The next step is eating your last meal earlier in the evening to ensure that 16 hour of fasting. Easy Peasy.
Is it recommended to workout while fasting?
Yes, you can workout while fasting. Intermittent fasting will help maintain your muscle mass and you’ll start to see results from your time spent in the gym.
Don't force it, maybe the IF life just isn't for you
It depends on your body type, maybe you simply can’t function without a wholesome breakfast in the morning (check out Easy Mealz breakfast options). The only way you’ll find out if it works for you is to try it.
If you can fit IF into your lifestyle, your enhanced energy and focus will highlight IF as a compelling health and fitness strategy. Try and see if it fits in with your Easy Mealz lifestyle!