By now I’m sure you’ve heard of this new dieting trend call intermittent fasting.
It’s a diet intervention that has been taking the health and fitness industry by storm.
Bodybuilders and fitness buffs alike are praising intermittent fasting because of its ability to burn fat and lose weight quickly without counting calories and eating any specific types of foods.
So if you’ve been reading about intermittent fasting but aren’t sure if it’s right for you, or don’t know how to get started, you’ll find answers here.
This beginner’s guide is on what intermittent fasting is and how you can use it to lose weight fast, burn fat, and improve your overall health.
Hence, this is your ultimate beginner’s guide to intermittent fasting.
What Is Intermittent Fast aka IF?
According to Wikipedia, intermittent fasting is an umbrella term for various diets that cycle between a period of fasting and eating.
It’s not about what foods to eat and what macro ratios you should base your diet on.
Rather, it’s about when to eat and when not to.
In a sense, it is more of an eating pattern than a conventional “diet” per se.
In fact, you could eat fast foods during the eating period and not break the IF rules.
There are many variations of IF cycles around, but here is how the most popular one works.
Fast for 12-16 hours a day from dinner to lunch the next day with a schedule like:
- Dinner: 8 pm Mon.
- Fast: 9 pm Mon. to 12 am Tue.
- Lunch: 12 am Tue.
Depending on which method, the period of not eating can be anywhere from a few hours up to a few days.
All depends on which fasting methods you’re following and the purpose of doing the IF.