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In today's fast paced world, it is easy to get lost in the fad diets. We consume enormous amounts of digital content every single second that makes it hard for us to contemplate what is right and what is a fad. The aim of this article is to help you understand how you can implement one of the easiest lifestyle changes to reach your body goals. This lifestyle change is called Intermittent Fasting (IF).
What is Intermittent Fasting?
Unlike other diets or lifestyle changes, intermittent fasting does not require changing your diet, buying new ingredients from the grocery store, buying new gym clothes (although you can if you want to :D ). So, what is it?
Intermittent fasting is not a diet! It is simply changing the timings of when you eat your food. Intermittent fasting is a change in your lifestyle where you consume food during a 8 hour feeding window and fast for a 16 hour window. What is a feeding and fasting window will be explained a little later.
Why should you do Intermittent Fasting and what are the benefits?
If your goal is to lose fat and gain muscle, then intermittent fasting is the simplest way to do it. When you consume breakfast, lunch and dinner you end up releasing cortisol which is a fat storing hormone. This makes it incredibly difficult to lose fat in the areas which we want to the most (love handles) and attain your wash board abs.
This lifestyle change is easy to implement and to implement in the long term unlike other diets. It improves cognitive and processing abilities which allow you to get the most out of your busy days. The big spikes of lethargy are completely avoided.
What is the Fasting and Feeding Window?
During the fasting window, one cannot consume any food. You can consume liquids which have no calories such as black coffee without milk and without sugar, various tea without milk and without sugar, water and any other liquids which have no sugar or sweeteners. Please be aware that powders and drinks with zero calories such as BCAA (Branch Chain Amino Acids), Coke Zero or any sweetener-based drinks, will break your fast. Be careful of multivitamins or fish oils or other supplements as well. These generally have a small number of calories which can break your fast. The fasting window is generally for a minimum of 16 hours.
The feeding window is the time during which you can consume your calories. During this window you can consume your regular food (avoid junk not for IF but for your metabolism in long run) and can break up the window according to your preference. The feeding window is generally 8 hours.
What are some of the popular schedules that people follow?
Intermittent fasting is quite flexible when it comes to choosing your fasting and feeding windows. Some of them most common schedules are as follows:
What are some the common questions that we need to tackle?
There are several advocates who talk about the immense benefits that they have gained using intermittent fasting. Some of them include our favourite mentor and guide Mr. Robin S Sharma.
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