As you start to read up on and learn more about intermittent fasting, you will hear all sorts of terms thrown around. Let’s take a look at a few of them and what they mean. They will help you make better sense of what you’re reading but also give you a pretty good overview of the different ways you can practice intermittent fasting.
What is Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent Fasting (IF) is a way of eating where you don’t eat for stretches of time longer than 12 hours followed by stretches of time when you do it. There are various different ways to accomplish this. The main idea is to give your body a break from digesting food and insulin levels a chance to drop down so your body can burn body fat for energy instead of glucose.
Fat Intermittent Fasting
A fat fast is a type of fasting that allows you to consume pure body fat and little to no other calories during your fasting hours. Since fat has almost no impact on insulin levels, you can still get all the major benefits of the usual intermittent fast, but will get to consume something.
People will usually add coconut oil and/or butter to their coffee or drink bone broth during their fasts.
16/8 Intermittent Fasting
This is the most popular way to practice intermittent fasting and a great starting point for most of us. The idea is to fast for 16 hours per day and eat during the remaining 8 hours.
This sounds a lot harder than it is since you’ll be sleeping during a big chunk of your fasting time. In essence you’re delaying or skipping breakfast.
5:2 Intermittent Fasting
Another common approach is too fast for 2 days per week. You fast two days and you eat regularly the remaining five days. Some people will only consume water, tea and black coffee on fasting days while others allow themselves up to 500 calories on those days.
Give both methods a try and see how they work for you. What works best depends on your body, your personality, and the goals you’re trying to reach with intermittent fasting.
I hope you’re finding these definitions helpful and also learned a little more about intermittent fasting.
At its core it is really pretty simple. Just don’t eat for a while. The only difference with most of these various takes on intermittent fasting is how long you fast and how strictly you do it.
Give intermittent fasting a try. Start with the method that appeals to you most and take it from there. It won’t take you long to find the perfect intermittent fasting method for you. But you have to take that first step – Just try it!