What’s THE Diet for YOU?

‘Intermittent fasting’ is promoted by a variety of ‘branded’ diets (Lean Gains, Warrior Diet, Eat Stop Eat etc) which all share a common trait – they advocate that you ‘take a break from eating’ or ‘fast’ for a period (or numerous periods) of time during the week.

Fasting has been around for thousands of years and is practiced in various religions for health, spiritual and sacramental reasons. Recently, various research studies have proven what these religious texts have hinted at – short-term fasting is REALLY good for you, and helps you lose weight as a bonus. It has been shown to improve various health markers, possibly increase life expectancy and increase vitality.

Weight-loss benefits

The weight-loss benefits come from the idea that the ‘break from eating’ creates a natural calorie deficit because skipping a meal here and there means you don’t consume those calories.

The trick is not to eat differently after the fast, but rather to go on like nothing happened. It’s a pretty nice way to diet because you don’t have to think so hard about making every meal super lean, because you create your deficit by fasting, so you can eat a normal, healthy diet the rest of the time.

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Potential pitfalls?

The potential pitfalls of these diets are that people THINK they couldn’t possibly make it through a day with no food (you can). Also, when people get bored on a fast they get obsessed with food and struggle to stand firm. The trick here is to stay busy with, interested in or occupied with something else while you fast – you may even find your focus improves…

If these ideas sound good to you, try one of these diets. You don’t need a long list of dos and don’ts, which is awesome, and you may love it and lose the weight too.

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