The site was taking down for some time for a number of reasons, but we’d like to take a moment to welcome you back to the re-launching of fasting health (dot) net. The topic of intermittent fasting, and fasting for other purposes like general health has been getting a bit more play and we figured a site dedicated to this niche topic would make a bit of sense. You’ll notice that there are a number of changes that will be made to the site in the next couple of days, but for now, let’s just provide a short description of intermittent fasting, and a couple of popular approaches to the practice for anyone who is interested.
The first step then, is to define intermittent fasting. Fasting, is just the choice to go without food for a set amount of time. This may be a range of 8-24 hours, or even longer, but it is not just skipping a meal on accident. Sometimes, a fast may develop out of nowhere or spontaneously, but that is not often the case. Typically, people will set aside some time each day, or every couple of days to take a break from eating.
There are religious fasts that prohibit the consumption of fluids as well, but that is aside from the point on this particular topic, in this particular post. We’ll discuss religious fasting in another post, but for now, we’ll just talk about the purpose of fasting for health and weight loss.
Some common methods of fasting are what is known as “Fast 5″, Eat Stop Eat, and there is another that is quite popular from the owner of the blog Leangains.com. For the most part, they’re all more or less the same, but they do have some differences that set them apart from one another, if that makes sense.
To begin with, Fast 5 is simply fasting for all but five hours of the day, when you can pretty much eat whatever you want. A lot of people do well with these types of approaches, but some don’t handle the eating window and tend to overdo it.
Eat Stop Eat can be tough for some people as well, as the diet tends to center around a full 24 hour fast. It is doable, and it’s not that difficult once you get used to it, but it can be tough to adjust. Many notice that they enjoy the fasts at some point, but there are drawbacks, and it’s not really a good idea to get into any fasting plan, let alone a 24 hour approach, without doing some education on the topic and strategy involved. The good news, is that these fasts are often only done one or two days per week, and the weight loss and health benefits are often sustained and can be pretty impressive.
The last approach is the Lean Gains approach, and it is really best for you to see the layout as it is written on the lean gains site. In general, many do somewhere around a 14-16 hour fast each day, with more specific dietary guidelines laid out, but it isn’t exactly stringent by most diet plans’ standards.
That’ll do it for this post today. We’ve introduced a couple of topics, three strategies that are quite popular for intermittent fasting, and hopefully fueled some content for later on. Take a look at a few of these issues and come back to see what we’ll have for you on fasting, health, weight loss and more.