We cannot pinpoint the beginning of fasting, as it has been a part of several cultures since time immemorial. The last few decades have seen the rise of diets like the Paleo diet, the Mediterranean diet, the South Beach diet, and the Atkins diet, each with its unique practices and guidelines. The current trend is Intermittent Fasting (IF). Before jumping on the IF bandwagon, let us dig deeper into this trend.
What is Intermittent Fasting (IF)? Intermittent Fasting (IF) involves alternating between periods of fasting and eating. IF entered the mainstream because of the TV documentary Eat Fast, Live Longer (2012). However, fasting is nothing new and has been a part of various cultural and religious traditions for centuries.
There are various methods for practicing intermittent fasting:
- The 5:2 or Fast diet involves five days of eating normally and two days of fasting. The 5:2 diet incorporates a planned intake of around 500-600 calories on fasting days.
- Eat Stop Eat diet involves a 24-hour fast once or twice a week.
Excerpted from Fitness Volt