Which Type Of Intermittent Fasting Is Right For You?
Intermittent fasting is a complex diet because there are many options. Are you a 16/8 method person? Maybe you’re more Eat-stop-eat? Have you tried the 5:2 diet? Lot’s of numbers and jargon make the journey to achieve intermittent fasting results seem intimidating. That’s where our blog comes in! In this post, we will cover the benefits of fasting, and the different approaches available. We already touched on the basic “Do’s and Don’ts” but now it’s time to explore the details. After this article, it’ll be clear which intermittent fasting strategy is the appropriate choice for you!
Before deciding what type of fasting is right for you, it’s important to examine all the options to find the right diet to lose weight fast. Experts generally agree that there are three main approaches to fasting: 5:2, Eat-stop-eat, and 16/8. But what are they and how do they work? We will answer these questions and more below. But, before you start any diet, be sure to consult with your health team to decide if a fasting diet is right for you.
The eat-stop-eat method
Eat-stop-eat was invented by Brad Pilon and like most forms of intermittent fasting, it is designed to kick your metabolism into high-gear. The idea is that you get to eat (responsibly) for one day, fast for 24 hours, and then eat (responsibly) again. The goal is to limit your calorie intake on days the “eat” days. During these 24-hour stretches of fasting, your body will consume the carbs and fat already hanging out inside your body (since it’s not receiving a new source of them). It’s a diet that’s adaptable to anyone's eating schedule. Want to skip breakfast and pig out on dinner? That’s totally allowed… as long as the calorie limits for the day aren't broken
Intermittent fasting may change the function of cells, genes and hormones.
The 5:2 method
The 5:2 fast diet was touched upon briefly in our previous article, but here’s a more detailed recap. Going a day without eating is daunting, but the 5:2 fast diet alleviates that issue. Instead of the traditional, on day/off day fasting plan, dieters on the 5:2 method only have two days of calorie-restricted diets.
Here’s the catch: On those calorie restricted days, you’re expected to eat no more than 500-600 hundred calories. That sounds like a lot... until you realize that bagel and banana you just ate took up close to 300 calories of the allotted amount. This is the type of diet that will really shine when combined with a solid intermittent fasting meal plan.
The benefits of fasting with this method include its simplicity and reliability. Watch calories carefully and the results of this method will show up in no time.
The 16/8 method
The 16/8 method is exactly what its name suggests: dieters can eat during an eight-hour window, but must also utilize a 16 hour fast. It’s similar to the principals in the 5:2 fasting method and the Eat-stop-eat method. One of the biggest benefits of this fasting style is the easiness in how it can be implemented. To get started, pick an eight-hour meal window (ideally one that features two meals) and set aside the remaining hours of the day as a fasting period. This is a single day fasting strategy, but it can be changed to fit any time period. This flexibility is so important to why the diet is easy to follow. Hate getting up for breakfast? Make that the start of your 16 hour fast window. Too busy for lunch? Skip it and add it to your 16 hour fast. Many people have even accidentally adopted this fasting method at some point by forgetting to eat at work or by skipping a meal or two to save money. If you’re already missing meals by accident, then the 16 hour fast is right up your alley.
Fasting diets are simpler than their calorie counting counterparts, it’s one of the biggest reasons they’ve gained popularity as a go-to method for shedding extra pounds.
Ketones for the most efficient energy
Codeage Exogenous Ketones capsules come in the form of BHB salts (beta-hydroxybutyric acid, also known as beta hydroxybutyrate). These BHBs are immediate sources of usable energy for your body. BHBs can be added to the ketones your body produces naturally through fasting, a ketogenic diet or independently.
They are beta-hydroxybutyric acid allied to mineral salts that provide your body with ready to use ketones. They may be a way to increase your ketone levels which may provide health benefits beyond its source of energy.
There are two basic ways your body can fuel itself. The most well-known is glucose. When you eat certain foods, your body will turn the food into glucose and release this in your blood where it can go to power up your different systems including your muscles, your organs and your brain.
This is still just scratching the surface. Other fasting methods not mentioned include alternate day fasting, the warrior diet, spontaneous meal skipping, and much more. Those are only the official methods, and there’s no reason not to mix and match approaches. Some weeks the 16/8 method might be the perfect fit, other weeks maybe not. Fasting can be the right fit for one dieter and the wrong one for another. That’s okay! Dieting and weight loss aren't problems with only one solution. Whatever path leads toward a healthier you, Codeage is here to help keep you fueled. Keep reading our blog for daily posts and suggestions on what to try next on your health journey.