One of the more popular ways to do intermittent fasting is to use a juice fast. The principle behind this kind of fast is that you stop consuming solid foods for a certain amount of time and then start doing so again. During the first 24 hours or so, you eat fruits and vegetables only. In the last two days or so, you start eating meats and other protein-rich foods. Juice fasting is also sometimes referred to as ‘fasting’ or ‘dehydration’.
A few of the more popular ways to do intermittent fasting involve fastening between eight and sixteen hours. This can be accomplished by drinking only liquids for those first eight hours while cutting out certain foods such as carbohydrates, sugar, and caffeine. However, it can also mean eating only certain kinds of foods, eliminating certain liquids, and reducing the amount of food and beverages you consume during the day. Some experts recommend that you do not even drink liquids for up to four days before your fast. Most juice fasting involves eating very light meals during the early part of the fast and a large amount of protein-rich foods during the last two or three days. You can increase your protein consumption during the last two days of your fast by taking supplements.
Another popular way to do intermittent fasting is called the GI diet. The GI diet suggests that you eat anything you want, as long as it is not higher than 0.8 grams of carbs for each one pound of bodyweight you have. This is lower than some other forms of fasting, but it can still help you lose weight if you follow the advice it contains. The reason why the GI diet recommends that you eat anything you want is so you can avoid any food that may spike your blood sugar levels.
Other people favor a different kind of intermittent fasting regime. Some simply change their eating habits every so often. They might go on an all-fruit diet for a few weeks or they might try to eat only raw fruits for a short period of time. No matter what type of intermittent fasting you are doing, the goal is to lose some weight and improve your metabolic health. If you are not an athlete or if you have an unhealthy diet, changing your eating patterns every so often will not bring about any great results.
Experts recommend that you eat several times a day and you should never feed your body with empty calories. This means you should fill up on carbohydrates and protein. Some people think that adding full fast every other day will actually give them full health benefits because they burn off more calories than they take in during the day. Although it is true that you do need to eat some meals, you do not need to eat them very often.
Some of the best diets recommend you eat three times a day. If you decide to go this route, be sure you can keep this up for six to twelve weeks before you would need to ease into a full fast. Most experts recommend sticking with intermittent fasting for no more than six months before you consider altering your eating habits drastically. In order to maintain your current weight loss, your metabolism needs to be burning off calories regularly. You need to be able to keep up with that or you will quickly begin to slip back into your old habits.
There have been many tests testing various versions of the Intermittent Fasting program. Most of these tests have been conducted by fringe groups who believe that intermittent fasting will provide them with incredible benefits. In some cases, these groups have been able to prove these theories to be completely true. However, most of the testing has been inconclusive and there is no real evidence that the diet will reduce your waistline or help you lose excess fat. The best experts agree that the results you get from Intermittent Fasting are certainly not going to be the rapid way to lose weight they promised you in their advertisements. It is a long-term dieting plan that should be taken very seriously.
It is important to realize that there is no miracle cure when it comes to fasting. Fasting is not about eating one thousand calories less than your regular diet. You must know what you are doing before starting out on any plan. Always talk to your doctor before you start any fasting plan to make sure that it is safe for you health-wise.