Where to Begin?
How to Start Intermittent Fasting: Program Guides for Beginners
There are plenty of intermittent fasting routines out there – some with scary names like the warrior diet. Let’s start slow. Here are the best routines for intermittent fasting beginners.
The 8:6 Plan
Best for: First time fasters
The simplest routine to remember because you only eat between 8am and 6pm. This method lets you eat all three meals and maximize your natural overnight fast across 14 hours of fasting in a 24-hour period.
The 16/8 Method aka.
The Leangains Protocol
Best for: More results and more flexibility
Fast for 16 hours a day, limiting your daily eating to an 8-hour period only. The benefit is that you get to decide which 8 hours you eat within (say 10am - 6pm or 1pm - 8pm) based on your workout schedule and lifestyle.
The 5:2 Diet
Best for: A smoother entry into fasting
On 5:2, you eat 500-600 calories across two, non-consecutive days of the week and eat normally during the other five days. It might not be a true fast like the other methods, but it’s a good way to build up to full intermittent fasting works and help your body adjust.
Eat Stop Eat
Best for: People who like to get things over and done with
It’s simple really, just choose one day a week to fast for 24 hours. You will still see the benefits of intermittent fasting without the daily routine and it can be easier than consistently keeping track of time or calories. A 24-hour fast might be a lot to start with though, so consider working up to Eat Stop Eat after a gentler introduction to intermittent fasting.
The Intermittent Fasting
- Check with your doctor if intermittent fasting is right for you. People who are underweight, pregnant, breastfeeding or under 18 years of age should avoid it and those with diabetes or on prescription medication may need extra supervision.
- Prepare to manage your hunger. Healthy, whole foods for your last eating meal, a schedule of activities to keep you on-the-move and a natural supplement like calocurb to stay in control through your fast. Get it here.
- Find support through friends or our happy healthy living support group on Facebook. There are plenty of places to find more fasting information and tips too – some of our favorites are:
- Maintain the healthy things in your life. Exercise, keep up with your extra-curricular activities and hydrate with water, tea or coffee. Most importantly, be sure to get a quality night’s sleep!
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