More people in the bodybuilding industry are incorporating intermittent fasting into their cutting cycles, as well as reaping the health benefits that come along with it, to achieve greater results faster.
Intermittent fasting is a tool, not a diet, it does not dictate what you should eat, but rather when you should consume it, it is, in its most basic form, an eating pattern that alternates between times of eating and fasting.
Intermittent fasting techniques that are often used include daily 16-hour fasts or fasting for 24 hours twice a week on alternate days. In reality, fasting from time to time is more natural than eating three to four or more meals each day on a consistent basis.
What are the different types of Intermittent Fasting Methods?
- The 16/8 technique.
Skip breakfast and limit your daily eating period to 8 hours, such as from 12 pm to 8 pm, and then fast for 16 hours in between.
The practice of fasting for the whole day, typically for 24 hours, once or twice a week, for example, by not eating from lunch one day until noon the following day, is known as intermittent fasting.
- The 5:2 Diet
It is an eating plan that consists of five meals and two snacks every day of the week.
When you use these techniques, you consume just 500–600 calories on two non-consecutive days of the week while eating regularly on the other five days.
All of these techniques should help you lose weight since they reduce your calorie intake. However, you should avoid compensating by eating much more during the eating times.
Many individuals believe that the 16/8 approach is the most straightforward, most sustainable, and easiest to implement.
So, what is it about intermittent fasting that people find so appealing?
It is one of the most significant elements in weight reduction since fasting stimulates the production of this major hormone in your body, the most potent of which is the human growth hormone (HGH), which is both an anti-ageing and a fat-burning hormone with a wide range of effects.
Growth hormone is the most potent fat-burning hormone among the six fat-burning hormones since it protects your muscles, helps you gain lean body mass, and also helps you shed real fat.
Consequently, short-term fasting may raise your metabolic rate by 3.6–14 per cent. By assisting you to consume fewer calories while burning more calories, intermittent fasting aids in weight reduction by affecting both sides of the calorie equation at the same time.
By using intermittent fasting eating cycles, you will be able to affect the human growth hormone and insulin, which are the two most potent hormones that you can influence.
To prevent the headaches and hunger pangs that come with transitioning from 6-5 meals a day to the full 16/8 intermittent fasting technique, you must make a slow and steady change until you can accomplish some significant fat-burning strategies, such as the 20/4.