Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating. It has become increasingly popular as a weight loss strategy in recent years due to its potential health benefits. While there are several different types of intermittent fasting, the most popular is the 16/8 method, which involves fasting for 16 hours and eating within an 8-hour window each day.
Definition of Intermittent Fasting: Intermittent fasting is an umbrella term for various eating patterns that involve not eating for extended periods of time. This could be anything from 12 hours to multiple days, depending on the type of intermittent fasting you are doing. The most common type is the 16/8 method, which involves fasting for 16 hours and eating within an 8-hour window each day. For example, you could fast from 8 p.m. to noon the next day, and then eat all your meals between noon and 8 p.m.
Overview of Benefits for Weight Loss: The main reason why people use intermittent fasting for weight loss is because it helps to reduce calorie intake. By limiting the hours in which you can eat, you are effectively cutting out some of the calories you would normally consume in a day. Additionally, intermittent fasting has been shown to have other benefits for weight loss, such as improving insulin sensitivity, increasing fat burning, and reducing hunger levels.
Excerpted from The Enlightened Mindset