Health Trends Explained: What is Intermittent Fasting?

Among the health trends that we have noticed over the past few years, intermittent fasting is up there as one of the most popular.

What is Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent fasting is a diet where a person does not eat for a set number of hours in the day. The idea is to get the body into a fasting cycle, which leads to greater fat burning.

The goal of intermittent fasting is to have eight to ten hours in the day, when a person is awake but they are not eating. For instance, a person may have between 8am to 2pm to eat all their calories for the day. Following 2pm, they are meant to fast until they go to sleep.

The next time the person would eat is when they wake up in the morning. It is important to maintain this cycle for many days in a row. The more a person is able to continue with intermittent fasting, the more they are going to burn fat.

Counting Calories

Simply because a person is intermittent fasting does not mean they can eat however much they want. Someone who eats 3000 calories during their eating hours, but then fasts till they sleep, will not burn fat. In fact, they may gain weight depending on their calorie burning during that day.

The rules of counting calories still apply. But intermittent fasting will help boost the fat burning qualities in the body. So there will be a percentage increase in how many pounds a person can burn off in a given week when they are intermittent fasting, compared to a normal eating routine with the same number of calories.

Fasting in a Healthy Way

It is very important for new dieters to fast in a healthy way. Eating a meal of 500 or 600 calories and then fasting the rest of the day is not a good idea. It is not a healthy way to try and lose weight, as the body needs a certain number of calories to maintain its daily functions.

It is best to try and cut no more than 1000 calories from the daily routine. For instance, someone who normally consumes 2400 or 2500 calories can try and cut to 1400 or 1500 calories. Even that is extreme. But it should never go lower.