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What is intermittent fasting?

Intermittent fasting
Intermittent fasting - Image source : Intermountain Healthcare

Intermittent fasting is presently one of the most popular health and fitness trends. Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern in which you alternate between eating and fasting intervals. It does not specify which foods should be consumed, but rather when they should be consumed.

There are a variety of intermittent fasting strategies available, all of which divide the day or week between eating and fasting times. The majority of individuals already “fast” while sleeping every day. Extending your fast might be an easy way to practice intermittent fasting. Skip breakfast, have your first meal at midday, and your last meal at 8 p.m. to achieve this. Then you’re officially fasting for 16 hours a day, with an 8-hour eating window. The 16/8 technique is the most often used form of intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting is actually rather simple, contrary to popular belief.

Hunger is typically not a concern, but it can be in the beginning as your body adjusts to not eating for long periods of time. During the fasting time, no food is permitted, although water, coffee, tea, and other non-caloric drinks are permitted. During the fasting phase, certain kinds of intermittent fasting allow for modest amounts of low-calorie meals.

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