What is Intermittent Fasting and why?
Have you ever noticed that when you’re on a restricted diet, the “forbidden” foods seem to swarm around you endlessly? Low carb? Yep, pasta, potatoes, and bread everywhere. No sugar? Absolute torture around the holidays. Vegetarian diet? Guess what’s being served for dinner tonight—prime rib and burgers, not to mention those cows on every billboard. You get the picture. It can be frustrating and difficult for even the most disciplined of people. Limited choices make us feel deprived. Flexibility in choosing foods is one of many reasons the intermittent fasting diet has gained a strong following.
What is intermittent fasting? Intermittent fasting, also known as IF, consists of set periods of time of fasting and eating. Typically, during a fast, all food is avoided with the exception of low calorie drinks and water. During times of consumption, food choices aren’t restricted but a balanced and healthy diet is still advised. Several variations of the diet exist but the most popular are:
Of the four variations of the diet, time restricted eating is the most popular because the majority of people naturally fast while they sleep.
What attracts people to this diet?
Interest in the IF diet is intense as scientists are beginning to uncover astounding and significant health benefits (please check out our blog: Intermittent Fasting: Evidenced based findings reveal health benefits far exceed basic weight loss). Keep in mind, healthy food choices are still essential for this diet. If your favorite food is fried chicken and cheesecake during hours of consumption, don’t expect to lose weight. However, our crusts with your favorite toppings would be an excellent choice.
Dieters often find they experience the most success with diets that fit into their lifestyle. If you can tolerate long stretches without food, IF might be a good choice for you. Of course, it is always advised to consult your doctor prior to beginning a diet. Good luck and please share your experiences with us!
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