Intermittent Fasting 101

Have you ever struggled with sticking to a consistent diet? Dieting can become a very time-consuming task, from meal prepping to counting calories. The best alternative to dieting is called Intermittent Fasting (IF). This is not considered a diet, but an eating pattern. This eating pattern can allow you to eat all the foods you love while losing weight at the same time.

The basis of intermittent fasting is not eating for a certain period of time then eating whatever you want for a period of time. This cycle allows your body to burn calories and lose weight without having to do all the work that dieting requires. Now, there are three popular methods that are being used currently.

The first is called the Leangains protocol or the 16/8 method. This method is the one that I currently use and is 16 hours of fasting and 8 hours of regular eating. Now, when I say regular eating this means, for example, fasting from 8pm to 12pm the next day, then eating lunch and dinner.

The second method is all calorie based. This is eating a total calorie amount that is below the number of calories your body burns at a resting state daily, or your Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR).

The last method is the hardest and mostly used for someone that is trying to lose weight in a short period of time, the 24-hour fast. This is fasting for a 24-hour period a few times a week. An example of this is eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner one day, then fasting the entire next day. Results from all of these methods will vary, but this is a healthy way to lose extra weight without putting in much effort. This also allows you to still eat all of your favorite foods!

-Seth at DyeHard

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  1. Permanent intermittent fasting
    Krista Varady explains the idea and its benefits in her book ‘The Every-Other-Day Diet’.

    Note that this is not about what to eat, but when to eat. One could say that it is therefore not really a diet, but a pattern of eating. However, the Merriam-Webster online dictionary includes the meaning of ‘regimen’ in its article on ‘diet’, which amounts to ‘pattern’. Ordinary language often conflates things, and this is just another example of that.

    “A full belly makes a dull brain.”
    — Benjamin Franklin

    “Dine with little, sup with less,
    Do better still – sleep supperless.”
    — Benjamin Franklin

    “In general, mankind, since the improvement
    of cookery, eats twice as much as nature requires.”
    — Benjamin Franklin

    Here is the link to the purchase option of her book on Amazon:
    url: https://www.amazon.com/Every-Other-Day-Diet-That-Lets-Weight/dp/1401324932/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Krista+Varady&qid=1555408236&s=books&sr=1-1

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