How long Intermittent Fasting Should Be Done?

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Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting. It does not say anything about which food to eat but rather when you should eat them. It’s an umbrella term for various meal timing schedules that cycle between voluntary fasting (reduced calorie intake) and non-fasting over a given period.

Intermittent fasting deals with when to eat and here you only eat at a specific time. Going without food for a number of hours each day or taking just one meal a couple of days a week can help your body burn fat.

There are several different fasting methods all of which split the day or week into eating periods and fasting periods and these include the 16:8 method,5:2 methods, warrior diet, eat stop eat, alternate-day fasting.

All these methods are effective but figuring out which one works best depends on the individual. Most people use Intermittent fasting as a weight management program but there has also been several evidence of health benefits such as insulin resistance, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and diabetes.

How long Should it Be Done

Any diet takes some time to show results and the same is with Intermittent fasting. Following the diet properly for this period of time will help you shed about 3-5 kilos depending on your body and it might take longer than that as everyone’s metabolism works differently.

The body takes time about 2-4 weeks to become adjusted to Intermittent fasting hence 10 weeks is an ideal time to shed a minimum of 3kg when following the pattern dedicatedly. Weight loss is a time taking process and hence it takes time to show results as it may differ from person to person depending on their metabolism.

Losing weight rapidly when following any kind of diet can mean you are doing something wrong. The diet does not necessarily have any side effects, hence you can follow it for a long time. How long you can do the fasting depends on your objectives.

For instance, you may start intermittent fasting because you want to lose some weight, let say 11 lbs. Choose a plan and go with it until you hit that target of 11 lbs. Or you may want to lose a certain percentage of body fat. Get yourself an electronic fat estimator and stock to a plan that will be suitable for it.

Monitor what you are doing, to see if you have lost the percentage of body fat you plan to lose. If it takes you 8 weeks to lose 11 lbs, then it’s up to you if you wish to continue or not. How you manage your diet during the intermittent fasting eating window will play a huge role in your fasting results and what you eat matters a lot during the eating window.

You can start to see results in 2 weeks if you fast for 3 days a week. You will get better weight loss results in Intermittent fasting if you add a bit of workout.

You might begin to first notice a difference in your body 10 days after you begin the fasting program. You can lose up to a pound each week. Observing weight loss can take a little longer as your body needs some time to adjust to this new diet.

The intermittent fasting program can last for a month,2 months, a year or you can have a fasting program that lasts forever as part of your ongoing eating plan.

The diet does not necessarily have any side effects hence you can follow it for a long time. However, the 16:8 method is somewhat sustainable and can be followed long term. But if you are suffering from any medical condition or you are a pregnant or breastfeeding woman you need to check with the doctor for a go-ahead before you start.

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