The Benefits of Intermittent Fasting:
You may have heard that it’s beneficial to fast for a certain period of time every day. For example, if you’re trying to lose weight or improve your health, then this could be the answer.
However, there are some downsides too when it comes to fasting. One such downside is that you might experience fatigue and headaches from not eating for long periods of time. Another drawback is that you might feel tired all the time after a long fast. These two issues are called “breakfast withdrawal” and “nighttime hunger.”
Breakfast withdrawal occurs when you don’t eat breakfast before going to sleep at night. Nighttime hunger happens when you wake up hungry at night without having eaten anything since waking up in the morning.
Both of these problems can cause a drop in energy levels and even make it difficult to function properly.
There are many different types of diets out there, but the most popular ones are intermittent fasting (IF) and continuous calorie restriction (CR). IF involves restricting calories while CR involves limiting calories only during specific times of the day.
There are other variations like the ketogenic diet and the paleo diet which involve doing both, but they aren’t very common.
Intermittent fasting is a diet where you fast for a certain amount of time. There are multiple types of IF diets, such as the 16/8, 20/4, eat-stop-eat, and the 5:2.
The 16/8 method involves skipping breakfast everyday and eating just lunch and dinner. The 20/4 method is similar to the 16/8 but with an extra hour at night to have dinner. With the eat-stop-eat method, you “fast” every other day and limit your calories to around 800 every day. The 5:2 involves eating just 500 calories per day for two days every week.
Continuous calorie restriction is similar to IF, as you only eat a certain amount of time during the day. This includes diets such as the warrior diet, the skipping breakfast diet, and the fasting diet.
The warrior diet involves eating just one large meal a day at night while skipping breakfast and lunch. The skipping breakfast diet involves eating just one meal per day while skipping breakfast and lunch. The fasting diet involves eating only dinner and skipping both lunch and breakfast.
The main idea behind both IF and CR is that your body goes into “starvation mode” and starts burning fat instead of carbohydrates. By doing this you can lose weight or at least not gain any.
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