If you’re like me and can’t stand the thought of completely eliminating things from your diet, intermittent fasting may be for you.
Unlike conventional diets, intermittent fasting doesn’t restrict what you eat, but rather when you eat. During intermittent fasting, you only eat in a specific time frame and fast for the rest of that period.
There are typically two approaches:
- Daily approach: You pick a window of eating. This is often a 6-8 hours window of eating. During the rest of the time (16-18 hours) you fast. Most people tend to align a large part of the fasting hours during sleep hours.
- 5:2 approach: In this method you eat regularly for five days out of a week. For the other two days, you limit your eating to one 500 calorie meal. For example, you might eat as you normally do Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and fast on Tuesday and Thursday.
Since you restrict the window of time you can eat, intermittent fasting works by reducing your overall caloric intake. But the point is to eat normally during the eating period—it won’t be effective if you compensate for the shorter eating window by eating more food!