Intermittent fasting has gained a following among many people eager to gain control over their eating habits and lose a few pounds, as well as provide some other promised health benefits. Maybe you’ve tried it—or maybe you’ve just thought about it—but one big question has been coming up a lot recently is this: Should you try intermittent fasting (or not) based on body type? And could some forms of IF work better for certain body types?
First, let’s look at intermittent fasting in a little more detail. Intermittent fasting is an approach that focuses more on when you eat, not what you eat. You limit your calorie consumption to specific periods of time.
But there’s not just one type of pattern. In fact, there are numerous ways to fast intermittently. The most commonly used approaches include:
- 5/2. With this version, you eat normally five days out of every week, but you strictly limit your calories on the other two days, which are not consecutive. Typically, you’d allow yourself about 500 or 600 calories total on the fasting days.
Excerpted from Parade