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What Is Intermittent Fasting? & How It Can Make Your Life Awesome

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Look, life is stressful.

With school, your job, and whatever else you have going on, the last thing you need to be worrying about is eating every 2-3 hours like all the “fitness gurus” say.

So what if I told you that you didn’t have to eat every 2-3 hours to have more energy? What if I told you that you could skip breakfast every day without consequence?

Would you be interested?

Great! So what is this magical elixir you speak of that lets me skip the “most important meal of the day?”

Well… it’s called intermittent fasting (IF for short).

Martin-Berkhan

So What Is Intermittent Fasting?

Put shortly, IF is a way of eating that alternates periods of fasting (consuming only water and non-caloric beverages) and eating. The amount of time that you fast for depends on the program you follow.

IF is simply a way of eating that lets you break out of the whole “eat 6 meals per day” rut that so many people try to follow because they deem it’s necessary.

Fasting?!?! Are you crazy? Don’t you know that fasting is unhealthy? You need to eat every 2-3 hours to be healthy.

Not exactly…

There’s absolutely zero proof showing that not eating for more than 3 hours is bad for your body. These are all just lies spewed out by the diet and fitness industry, because lets face it, there’s no money to be made if everyone started to skip breakfast.

But I do agree that intermittent fasting can become unhealthy if done the wrong way. People shouldn’t abuse IF as a way to simply undo a bad day of eating. IF needs become part of your lifestyle, not just a quick fix.

Why Would I Even Want to Try Intermittent Fasting?

That’s a totally valid question. I mean, not eating every 2-3 hours goes against everything we’ve been taught right?

So to answer your question, I have a few questions for you: Do you hate eating breakfast every day?

  • Do hate eating mini meals every 2-3 hours?
  • Do you have trouble losing weight?
  • Do you feel unsatisfied after each meal?
  • If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then IF is definitely worth a shot.

Can you prove to me that fasting isn’t bad for you?

Sure, here are some of the studies and articles debunking some of the greatest myths about fasting:

Alright fine, you’ve sold me on intermittent fasting. How can I get started now?

Like I said earlier, there are many ways to do intermittent fasting. I mean, you could simply start by skipping breakfast every day.

But here are some popular forms of IF to get your started. But please note, IF is just another way of eating. It’s not a free excuse to go on a binging spree every night. You’re simply eating at less frequent intervals.

  1. Eat Stop Eat: This is a very popular form of IF where you fast for 24 hours 1-2 times per week. You read an overview of it here.
  2. Warrior Diet: Another popular form of IF where you eat one massive meal per day. Learn more about it by reading the interview with its creator Ori Hofmekler.
  3. Leangains: Another super popular form of IF that has you alternating 16 hours of fasting with 8 hours of eating. Check out the Leangains Guide here.
  4. Custom: Look, there are no rules with intermittent fasting. Nobody invented  it and there are no set rules. The 3 methods above are simply the most popular IF methods in my opinion. You can set your own fasting/eating schedules however you like, but remember, you still have to watch your calories.
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Keith Lai is the author of the fitness blog at FitMole. Getting the body of your dreams is no easy task and that's where Keith comes in. Keith provides unbiased info on weight loss, celebrity workouts, and tips to get in the best shape of your life. Read more about Keith here - http://www.fitmole.org/.

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