The Latest News on the Fasting Diet That You Will Want to Hear About
Here’s how one woman went from 300 pounds to 190 pounds in just 18 months on a fasting diet and still was able to eat many foods dieters are told to avoid.
Successful weight loss through intermittent fasting is gaining momentum as one way to lose weight; and, according to a recent NBC News report, it is gaining favor with health experts who are seeing their patients lose weight—as much as 50 pounds in 3 months.
Intermittent Fasting Dieting
Intermittent fasting typically entails skipping meals 12 to 24 hours at a time two to three times per week punctuated with days of normal eating of just about whatever you want—as long as you don’t binge or fill up on junk food calories.
The more popular styles of fasting fall into two types—24-hour and 16/8 fasts.
The 24-hour fast is where you choose 2 days of the week that are non-consecutive, avoid all foods, and stick to just water or some cleansing tonic recommended for weight loss.
The 16/8 fast is one in which you gradually shorten your eating period to an 8-hour time slot while leaving the remaining consecutive 16 hours as a time for fasting. This is then repeated every day until you’ve reached your weight loss goal.
In the NBC News video below, Ms. Jennifer Stewart tells viewers how she used intermittent fasting to lose a significant amount of weight without having to give up foods like cookies and pie, pizza, ice cream and even donuts!
NBC News also points out that some other benefits of intermittent fasting is that it may help slow down the aging process and lower your risk of developing cancer and diabetes.
Intermittent Fasting Tips
Before you decide to diet where feast is combined with famine, here are some tips on intermittent fasting that can help you get off to a good start:
Drink eight to 12 glasses of water to avoid headaches or migraines that could be from dehydration due to you are not getting your typical food-borne water on those fasting days.
Pick a busy day filled with projects or visiting friends to keep your mind off of food.
Your feast days shouldn’t be treat days where you overindulge on junk food—eat normally, not excessively.
Don’t fast if you’re dealing with other health issues such as a history of binge eating or other eating disorders. Also, if you are pregnant, diabetic or have low blood pressure, you should consult with your doctor before considering this type of dieting.
For more on intermittent fasting, here are some fasting diet facts you will want to know before trying fasting for weight loss.
Reference: NBC News “There is Growing Evidence That Fasting Diets Really Work”