INTERMITTENT FASTING: A NEW ALTERNATIVE MEANS TO WEIGHT LOSS
Intermittent fasting involves a short period of not eating followed by a period of eating freely (but smartly). The 3 forms of this type of fasting are as follows:
*5:2 diet – Two days per week of limiting intake to 500 calories (These calories should include 50 grams of protein). Remaining five days of eating without calorie restriction
- Alternate day fasting – Alternate between a 500-calorie fast day and a day of eating without calorie restriction. 500 calories are eaten every other day and should include 50 grams of protein.
- 16:8 diet – Food intake is limited to an 8-hour window each day. Each day there is a 16-hour fast having water only.
Intermittent fasting is an alternative approach for someone who finds daily calorie restriction difficult. Like with any diet, adherence is necessary. Studies have shown that this type of dieting can be effective for the motivated dieter. In a recent study, 6% (approximately 13 pounds) was lost and maintained with alternate fasting. Scientific evidence is suggesting that fasting is a great way to lower chronic disease risk, slow aging, and achieve healthy body weight.